Nick 'nickthenerd' Engstrom grew up gaming with his siblings playing board games, NES and later PC games like Warcraft/Starcraft. His passion for gaming led him to hosting LAN parties in college.
After moving to KC, Nick started attending KCGameOn in 2008. Nick quickly asked to move into an admin role in 2010 to continue the gaming events when some of the other leaders stepped down. Since that time, KCGameOn has grown from ~50 people to ~300 people bi-monthly and scaled out to other venues, multi-day gaming conventions and into online leagues during the pandemic.
Nick is now the CEO of KCGameOn, vice-chair of the KC Esports Coalition and a 20 year IT professional, working to better the gaming and esports ecosystem of Kansas City everyday. When Nick has some downtime, he will play just about any multiplayer game that is popular at the time, but in single player enjoys RPG's and Construction/Management Strategy games like Factorio. Outside of gaming, Nick spends whatever time he has with his family and is an avid KState/Chiefs/Royals fan. You can find Nick via twitter @nick_the_nerd.