Gamers unite for annual Tournament

Game Tournament Taken by Michaella Neal

WCU gamers came strong to participate in the first tournament this semester. Photo by Michaella Neal.

Gamers, gamers, and more gamers! Western Carolina University video game enthusiasts gathered together for the annual Gaming Tournament.

On Saturday, Feb. 28, the University Center was filled with game consoles, television monitors, and gamers gathering to compete for prizes and bragging rights for being the best gamer at Western Carolina University.

This Gaming Tournament is the doing of our University’s Game Club. The Club host two tournaments per semester every year to gather students together and have a little friendly competition. It had a $5 entry fee, but students could win up to $100 in gift cards to games stores like Game Stop.

“We do this to get students who are usually in their rooms, out of their rooms,” says club president, Joshua McClure. “This helps everyone be more social and creates friendships here on campus.”

Student participants Collin and Qhiun said they had been at the event since it started at 11:30 a.m. The event is a 12-hour lasting from that morning until 11:30 p.m. They described their day as being competitive, exciting, and full of adrenaline.

“It’s good to gather with others who do not usually socialize out side of this room,” says Collin, ” I got to meet people, free food, and me and my partner [Qhiun] won first place in our game, League of Legends.”

The games are a $5 entry fee to compete, free to watch, and they provide food and drinks all day. The next tournament of the semester is April 18.