Gamers unite for Western Canada’s largest gaming event in Saanich

Gamers unite for Western Canada's largest gaming event in Saanich

WATCH: A local gaming convention is bridging the gap between generations with games for everyone. Ceilidh Millar reports. 

One of the fastest growing sports in the world may surprise you.

It’s electronic sports, and some of the best in local gaming competed at the second-annual LANtasy convention this weekend. 

“It’s really growing and it’s the future” said Jeff Pedlow, managing director of the LANtasy Gaming Society. 

As Western Canada’s largest gaming event, LANtasy offers a variety of games for beginners and pros alike. 

“We have over 200 options to choose from,” explained Pedlow. 

From classic board games to live action role playing, the event attracts gaming enthusiasts from across the Island. 

“Last year we had about 600 gamers,” said Pedlow. “We’re expecting between 1,200 to 1,300 people this year.” 

One of the biggest draws of the two-day convention is eSport tournaments. 

“Some of the main competitions that we have going on in the video gaming portion is Counter-Strike, League of Legends and Dota 2.”

Hundreds of avid gamers turned out to compete for top prize. 

“I’ve got close to 6,000 hours logged in the game,” explained Dota 2 player Kierin Wasylyshwn. “I’ve been playing for about five, six years.”

While you might not consider online gaming a sport – think again. 

“We sponsor eSports teams in America, Canada, Europe and China,” said Mike Smith, territory manager of HyperX gaming equipment. “I’ve even heard colleges are offering scholarships to eSposrts teams.” 

If you missed the fun this year, LANtasy will return to the Pearkes Recreation Centre on March 10 & 11, 2018. 

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