Gaming on the go

New Gaming Lounge Gameway Finds Home in Hobby Airport

If the news of pop-culture festivals like Comicpalooza and Anime Matsuri in Houston wasn’t enough evidence that Houston welcomes gamer culture, maybe this new addition will.

By Shelby Stewart

Gameway Lounge is now open in Hobby Airport. 

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We've all been there. Super long flight delays and tedious layovers can leave you stranded at the airport—especially during the holiday season. However, a new lounge at William P. Hobby Airport aims to change how you think about that extra hour or two you have waiting for your flight. Enter Gameway, the new airport gaming lounge. 

Hobby is one of the leading airports in the nation for innovation, and the gaming lounge, which opened December 5, adds to the terminal's novelty. The news of the gaming lounge follows Mayor Sylvester Turner's announcement in September of contemporary art installations in Houston's airports and Hobby receiving a five-star rating from Skytrax World Airport Star Rating. As the first airport gaming lounge in Houston, Gameway claims to have the "ultimate gaming experience for travelers."

The gaming lounge allows travelers at one of the state's busiest airports to play games like Call of Duty, God of War, and other games on their multiple consoles in its new home, accessible via gate one of departures. The lounge is one of six in the nation and marks the third location for Gameway in Texas airports (there are two locations in the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport). 

Inside the lounge, gamers will find 15 gaming stations: six Xbox, five Playstation, and four PCs with all of the newest, latest games to play. On top of that, the lounge is equipped with 43" 4K TVs, gaming headphones and chairs, charging ports for electronic devices, and even a place to store your luggage. Every gamer needs snack breaks, so there is no need to fret—the lounge comes with a snack bar just in case you need to fuel up in between battles. 

The idea, of course, is to target those passengers in need of entertainment as they wait—and wait—for their departures. (Arrivals, too, I guess, for those who want to extend their vacations a bit longer.) 

The new lounge comes at a perfect time, as the Houston Airport System reported that it anticipates its largest holiday travel crowd since 2019. Between George Bush Intercontinental and William P. Hobby, the HAS combined projects roughly 2.3 million travelers during the holiday season, a nine percent increase from last year. 

The Gameway Lounge is open every day from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. CST. Holiday hours may vary. Rates to play start at $16 for 30 minutes, $26 for 60 minutes, and $40 for unlimited play. 

For more information on Gameway, visit Gameway Houston. 


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