Combo Breakers: Celebrating BAME in Esports
Event from Esports
Wed 20 October 2021 14:00-19:00
20/10/2021, 14:00 - 20/10/2021, 19:00
Wednesday 20 October 2021, 2.00PM - Wednesday 20 October 2021, 7.00PM
Esports Centre, Junction Building (JX0.10)
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What? This will be a duel wield event taking place in our Esports Centre! The first part will be a talk from Melanin Gamers who are passionate about supporting people of colour in gaming, discussing what they do, how they got to where they are, and their experience in the industry. Check them out here: https://themelaningamers.com/about-us/ Then afterwards we have an awesome Tekken 7 tournament on our wonderful high end PCs, with prizes to be won! We encourage you to bring your own controller if you want to, but if you want to use the peripherals at the centre that's fine too :D We will also be running a stream of the event the whole time, that you'll be able to see on https://www.twitch.tv/warwickesports
How will the tournament work? The tournament will be a double elimination bracket, consisting of Best of 3 matches, with the lower bracket finals, upper bracket finals, and grand finals being a Best of 5. We encourage everyone to try it out, even if you've never played Tekken before - Melanin Gamers might be participating too!
When? The talk will be starting at around 2pm Wednesday 20th Oct, and the tournament will be starting at roughly 3:30-4pm Wednesday 20th Oct, looking to finish around 6-7pm.
Where? At the Esports Centre in the Junction building opposite Tocil, have a look on https://warwick.ac.uk/about/visiting/maps/interactive/ if you're unsure.
Why? Our inspiration for the event comes from the history of the esports industry. Competitive video games was first becoming big in South Korea with Starcraft in the late 90s, but at the same time was also being born in local Californian arcades, primarily in black communities, through fighting games. But over time, investment and support favoured the South Korean demographic, rather than the games which had diverse gender/race splits on the West Coast. This means we have ended up with the South Korean games being the launching point for modern esports, highlighting some of the roots of systematic inequality that exists within esports nowadays. We want this event to help share an insight into, and celebrate this lost & forgotten history!
IF YOU WANT TO TAKE PART, PLEASE FILL OUT THIS FORM: https://forms.gle/tTmEMzQBWJ3171jF9 AND JOIN THE DISCORD: https://discord.gg/Rw726j9brD