Elite competitors are set to battle it out for huge sums of money in a bold and exciting new event which is coming to Peterborough.
Premier League football might not have arrived just yet, but the country’s finest computer gamers will descend on the city for a non-stop, three day competition in front of a live audience and with a £10,000 prize pot up for grabs.
Yet that is not all, as visitors to the Kingsgate Conference Centre in Staplee Way, Parnwell, can also take part in a major IT careers convention with leading employers in the industry set to be involved.
The ambitious eSport tournament and careers convention is being run by newly formed company CityLAN from August 20-22.
CityLAN is run by photographer Terry Harris (46) from Stanground and business partner Dave King.
The inspiration for the event came from Terry’s 16-year-old son Luke who really enjoys his video games.
Terry said: “Luke has been using computers since he was five or six and has taken to it like a duck to water.
“The idea for all of this came around three months ago because Luke wanted to find a way to play with more of his mates. I said I would have a look for him and this is where we have got to.”
The country’s finest gamers will compete in the immensely popular shooting games Halo and Call of Duty over 60 continuous hours with commentators in place to describe the action.
Visitors will be able to watch the games, visit the careers expo from 9am to 8pm each day, and listen to talks and demonstrations.
Me and Luke are both really buzzed by this but the hard work begins now.Terry Harris
Terry hopes to run two or three similar events in the coming years.
He added: “Me and Luke are both really buzzed by this but the hard work begins now.”