There are two new exciting lounges at the Dallas / Ft Worth International Airport. These are two very exclusive lounges specifically geared towards gamers.
It doesn’t matter if you are a noob (beginner in gamer speak) or a pro. Everyone can come and play.
One of the two lounges is located in Terminal E near Gate E16 while the other one is in Terminal B near B42. The lounge in Terminal E has 22 gaming stations and the other one in Terminal B has 14.
All of the gaming stations are equipped with an Xbox One and have 20 pre-loaded games including Fortnite, Overwatch, Call of Duty WWII, Rocket League, Rise of the Tomb Raider and many more. You can either sign in with your own account or use the Gameway account to start gaming right away. Gameway is the company operating these lounges. For the perfect gaming experience, each station has a 43″ flat screen TV, leather seat, noise canceling headphones and power outlet to charge your mobile devices (including a USB port). I talked to one of the attendants at the lounge and so far only X-Box One are available. He told me there are talks about adding Playstations but nothing is confirmed yet.
Pricing is $10.99 for 30 minutes and $34.99 for 120 minutes. An unlimited time plan (during one visit) is available for $44.99. I am a gamer myself. Not as much anymore as when I was younger but still playing casually. I personally wouldn’t use the lounge. The main reason is probably that I am a PC Gamer and don’t play on consoles. Second would be the price. For $25 you usually get an airport lounge day pass which gives you access to food and time to sit down and relax. In my case even time to game, as I carry my gaming laptop always with me. On the other side I am not that much into gaming anymore and for some of the plans, I can buy a feature game. But these are just my two cents. During my visit at both lounges, there ware about 2 dozen gamers at both lounges combined with the Terminal E location being the busiest one.
In either one of the lounges, you are also able to buy snacks and drinks for a very decent price considering this is inside an airport. For example, the price of a soft drink like Coke, Sprite, and also water is $2.50.
An interesting partnership would be with Priority Pass. It would be awesome if you get some gaming time with your Priority Pass membership. Priority Pass offers besides regular airport lounge access also food credit at certain airport restaurants and access to the Minute Suites, where you get the chance for a short nap for free. Two Minute Suites are located at DFW as well. This would be a great benefit and 30-60 minutes of gaming time shouldn’t be too big of a deal.
DFW is the first location with a Gameway lounge and their plans are to expand further nationally and internationally. Let’s wait and see what lounge is next and if the idea pays off. About 3 months after the opening of the first lounge, they are still rocking and quite a few gamers were present when I visited during my transit in DFW.