Hundreds of gamers are expected to flood into Peterborough to take part in marathon tournament.
About 500 gamers are expected to compete in a 60 hours non-stop contest to be held at the Kingsgate Conference Centre in Parnwell.
The event will also feature a major careers convention with many companies that are seeking to recruit staff adept in the world of computer technology.
The tournament and careers convention has been organised by CityLAN, a newly formed company, based in Peterborough.
At a special ceremony held at the Kingsgate centre, the firm’s Dave King unveiled its plans for the city’s first eSport tournament and IT/technology careers expo.
He said: “These concurrent events planned for August will be 60 hours non-stop.
Five hundred gamers are expected to take part in the marathon tournament.Dave King
“Five hundred gamers are expected to take part in the marathon tournament with a prize pot of £10,000.
“At the same time, employers from all over the area will be on the lookout for the computer programmers and technology experts of the future who they will be hoping to source at the IT careers expo.
He added: “All forms of industry are now heavily dependent on all types of computer technology and with Peterborough now being a Giga bit City, everything is in place for both the tournament and the careers expo.”
CityLAN will aim to creating a social environment where computer gamers can compete to win prizes and the respect of their peers and also introducing them and anyone who has a keen interest in IT, to employers and market leaders across the industry – all under one roof.
With the help of the Peterborough City Council, CityLAN has already linked up with city regeneration company, Opportunity Peterborough, and CityFibre,
Mr King said: “CityLAN expects this eSport event to be recognized across the country.
“With the use of 60 hours of live streaming to the internet, the whole world be watching Peterborough!
CityLAN will run from August 20 to August 22 and will run continuously throughout both nights.
The eSports tournament will operate teams of four players across the two most popular console games, against some of the best professional gaming teams.
The careers expo will run from 9am until 8pm, giving everyone the chance to visit potential employers, enjoy and interact with the host of technology stands and exhibits on display.
There is room for over 80 businesses to interact with everyone and to show off what they have to offer the experts of tomorrow.