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Game playing becomes game-changing event

September 19, 2018 03:04 PM

ALBANY - It's not just game-changing. It's game playing and game watching that will transform the Capital Region into an esports Mecca come next spring.

Officials at the Albany Capital Center announced on Wednesday, they'll be hosting Hudson Valley Gamer Con 2019 next March 30 through 31.

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Gamer Con is an organized form of competition involving video game playing. It's an intercollegiate gaming competition, once thought of as sort of a subculture endeavor, that has exploded in worldwide popularity to the point where 427 million people are expected to be watching some time next year.

There's even been talk that esports might become an Olympic event.

The competition in Albany next spring will involve the MAAC athletic conference of which Siena College is a member.

Esport athletes are the product of a STEM education. They compete for college scholarship money just like basketball and football standouts do.

Tickets are on sale now for Hudson Valley Gamer Con 2019. The price is $25 for adults, $15 for students.

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