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NVIDIA GAME24 Coverage:
NVIDIA's GAME24 is a celebration of gaming and the technology we love (and can't live without!). The GAME24 event is the first of its kind and was hosted in cities around the world (Los Angeles, Shanghai, Stockholm, London, Indianapolis, and other locations), and I am fortunate enough to live in one of them - Indianapolis. The event was held at the eBash Video Game Center on the northeast side of Indy and this location opened at the end of 2013, bringing the total to three for Indiana (Evansville and Terre Haute being the other two). The 7000+ square foot Indy facility has dozens of gaming computers ready for individuals or teams to enjoy the excitement of non-stop gaming. Early in the evening people started to line up outside at eBash (photo courtesy of NVIDIA's Kristi Borgia). So let's check out the event!
GAME24 is a 24 hour PC gaming event aimed at bringing gamers together to connect and share the experience of gaming. You could directly participate in the interactive livestream by judging competitions, chatting with developers and celebrities, or uploading your own content. Or better yet, you could attend one of the events in person. You could even watch the GAME24 Dota 2 Invitational tournament featuring professional teams Evil Geniuses, Cloud 9, Team Tinker, and Alliance. There was definitely a lot of energy in the air and plenty of activity between gaming, watching the NVIDIA streaming feed, or talking to the NVIDIA staff.
Kristi, Greg, and Cindy were the friendly NVIDIA hosts who greeted all the gamers as they showed up. Right away they were busy answering questions, mixing with the crowd, and handing out the swag, which included NVIDIA shirts, pens, mouse pads, flash drives, and more! There was also pizza and plenty of refreshments. There is no such thing as too much swag! Kristi said that this is a first for NVIDIA and hopes these events will continue. I would say there were well over 100 people early in the evening and I saw people still coming in after dark. Judging by the noise and excitement I believe this event was a definite success!
Here it is - the Grand Prize. Up for grabs was a custom built MAINGEAR rig with 3-way SLI GeForce GTX GPUs valued at around $3,000. Is it a coincidence that it is green? Probably not. Everyone who walked by this table had to stop and stare at it, and imagine what it would be like to bring it home (including me!). And we will see later that one very lucky person did (spoiler alert - not me).
The gamers are busy with the competitions, starting with Team Fortress 2. Then it was on to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Left 4 Dead 2, and a Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Deathmatch. The competitions were allotted one hour each, with a one hour 'break' for special NVIDIA product and game annoucements.
Hard to find an empty chair as gamers took their positions for the competitions. There was a lot of cheering and excitement as teams battled it out.