Video Gaming

One of the largest amateur Call of Duty esports tournaments will be in Bloomington-Normal this weekend. 

Twenty-four teams with five players each from across the Midwest will compete for the $5000 prize. The event is presented by Midwest Arena Esports, an amateur esports organization based in Missouri.

The event will be held at PlayNormal Esports from 9 a.m. to midnight both Saturday and Sunday. Spectators can purchase their passes the day of the event for $10. 

Competitors are from all across the Midwest, including Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Wisconsin, Michigan, Oklahoma and Tennessee.

“Video games and the esports industry has evolved into more than just people smashing buttons behind a television screen,” Midwest Arena Esports cofounder Austin Shaeg stated. “Games like Call of Duty are turning passionate players right here in the Midwest into competitors on a national stage in front of hundreds if not millions of fans. With Midwest Arena Esports we’re looking to help local amateur players compete and make a name for themselves on their journey to the big leagues.”

PlayNormal Esports was founded in 2018 to cater to the growing audience of esports. The building is attached to Normal Gadgets and hosts multiple events and tournaments. They also offer daily drop-in play and host birthday parties.

Midwest Arena Esports was also founded in 2018. The organization has hosted over 50 online tournaments and 5 tournament events in Missouri. Midwest Arena Esports is branching out to other states besides Missouri to share esports to fans both new and old.

ANDREA RICKER is Features Editor The Vidette. She can be contacted at arricke@ilstu.edu Follower her on Twitter at @ricker_andrea    


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