Stettler gamers gathered at the library to show off their skills in the second annual video game tournament on Saturday, May 17.
About a dozen competitors showed up to play games like Marvel vs. Capcom, Street Fighter, and Call of Duty. Each game had a winner and prizes were up for grabs – mostly $20 gift cards from EB Games.
“I hope they get to meet new people in the community and make friends with people,” said organizer Morgan Sorensen. “It’s for kids to have a fun time and stuff to do.”
He added that the tournament also functioned to get the word out about Teen Night at the library, which offers programming for teens every Friday and Saturday.
“It’s always fun to have more kids show up to a program at the library,” he said.
Most of the games came from Sorenson himself, and the library provided the majority of the TVs and monitors. Sorenson borrowed Xboxes and one or two TVs and monitors from friends in the community.
He also provided a set of Magic the Gathering cards as a prize for the planned Magic tournament.
He got the idea from going to larger gaming tournaments, and thought that he would try organizing something similar for people in Stettler.
“I feel like a lot of the kids do play video games here, so it would be a cool experience for them,” Sorensen said.
He also competed, but said that he wasn’t going to take a prize if he won; his game of choice is Street Fighter.
“That’s the game I play all day, every day,” he said.