Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines-Former Fed Cup and Davis Cup director launches his start-up linked to retro video games

From tennis courts to arcade terminals. This is quite the trajectory followed by Sébastien Hette. This former director of the Fed Cup and the Davis Cup, from 2010 to 2019, created Reset XP in January 2020, an event company that specializes in retro sports video games. “I went back in 1994, [à la Fédération française de tennis]. In 2010, I was given responsibility for organizing Davis Cup and Fed Cup matches. So I organized about thirty meetings in the territory. I accompanied the French teams when they traveled, ”said this former tennis player, who is close to fifties.

“And then the formula of the Davis Cup and Fed Cup changed [en 2019], he continued. So is my activity […] melted. Then nothing too sexy was offered to me to end my career at the French Tennis Federation (FFT). At the same time, I am mainly a collector of consoles and retro sports video games. […] In 2016 or 2017, I had the idea to create an animation that would consolidate the history of video games into sport. […]. This idea sprang up, entered my mind until I put the project on paper. »

So Reset XP was born. Although, given the Covid context, this is “not the best time to get started”, Sébastien Hette acknowledges. If so far, he has only three events (seminars, team building, etc.), he assures us that he is starting to “win a lot of orders in different sectors”. “That’s what I like, trying to bring retro video games where they don’t, so to corporate events, to museums, to major sporting events”, added Sébastien Hette. .

So, at events at the Gamers Assembly in Poitiers (a historic e-sport event in France) or a presence at Geek Days in Rennes, spring promises to be busy for a start. Officially based in Montigny-le-Bretonneux, Sébastien Hette currently stores his equipment at home, in Eure-et-Loir. So he rented a utility vehicle for his trips to various events, where he was paid for event services, for example for a company, for “animation in retro video games”, he pointed out. Depending on the events, he called on former colleagues “to come as reinforcements for the Davis Cup and Fed Cup” as a freelancer.

It is also, not surprisingly, primarily in the sport that Sébastien Hette has developed his main network, with specific events planned in Roland-
Garros or Clairefontaine. However, he confessed that he also realizes “that what will make Reset XP live is more of a corporate event.” He added that he was very well received in the world of video games. He even made a collaboration with journalist Jean Zeid, who is considered one of the big names in video games, who mentioned Sébastien Hette in the 50 French who will make video games in 2022.

Sébastien Hette’s network of suppliers is much smaller. And for good reason, the start -up relies heavily on its own collection – it has more than 300 consoles and nearly 3,000 games – to provide its events. Events where he charges for his services at very variable prices, from 2,490 euros for “a night of battles, for example, a private space, with three game terminals, perhaps a Gameboy XXL, with ten or 12 positions simultaneous play ”, up to a potential estimate of 17,000 euros, currently communicating with a community.

Figures that match the ambition of the start-up, which takes care of its customers with high-end services. The workforce is still weak because, with the exception of freelancers, Sébastien Hette has surrounded himself with a young companion, who manages social networks. This year’s entrepreneur aims to dig up a “local activity, a workshop where I can store and have space to work on my equipment, two or three workstations to accommodate trainees, fixed-term contracts and so on ”. He wants to find this room in SQY. The agglomeration of which it is also in talks “to organize an exhibition in the city museum, on the history of the Olympic Games in video games”.

PHOTOGRAPHER IDENTIFICATION: Maxime Fruneau

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