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Talking Stick Resort pursues E-sports

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Several students play a game of Super Smash Bros, a popular E-sports
game, for Wii U on March 1 at PVCC.

Several students play a game of Super Smash Bros, a popular E-sports game, for Wii U on March 1 at PVCC.

Photo by John Brenalvirez

Photo by John Brenalvirez

Several students play a game of Super Smash Bros, a popular E-sports game, for Wii U on March 1 at PVCC.

John Brenalvirez, Staff Writer

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Many casinos have struggled with bringing in the Millennial generation, as businesses report that Millennials don’t gamble as much as previous generations did. Gary Green, an expert in casinos and gambling, stated in a linkedin.com article that he believes millennials won’t come to casinos for another 25 years or so, and casinos should instead focus on their current demographic.

Newspapers such as the LA Times and the San Diego Tribune report that some casinos are offering video game-LIKE gambling activities, such as skill-based slot machines or digital game tables. But some casinos such as Talking Stick Resort are betting on the hottest new sport in the world: E-sports. E-Sports are competitions between teams of professional video game players; the rules of the event depend on the game played.

E-Sport events have been going on for quite a while now; Major League Gaming has been operating tournaments for First-Person shooter games such as Halo and Counter-Strike since its founding in 2002, and the Evolution Championship Series (also known as EVO) has been hosting fighting game events since 1996.

The sport is very popular amongst gamers, but unlike other professional sports, the barrier for entry is much lower. Since players use a controller rather than your body, factors such as height, weight and muscle mass have no impact on the sport.

Talking Stick Resort held its first E-sports Event on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017 where competitors older than 18 competed by playing either Super Smash Bros Melee or Super Smash Bros 4, with competitors entering either solo or in a team of two.

A successor to this event will held on Saturday, Nov. 18 with these same games and rules as the first event. To play in the event, competitors must pay a fee depending on what event they are participating in, though spectating is free. The winners will receive money from a $5,000 cash pool. Mary Shick, Chief Head of Marketing for Talking Stick Resort, said optimistic things about the future of E-Sports at Talking Stick Resort.

“So far, we have had very good reception to the tournament in October, and we expect the same for November’s event. Another tournament is planned for the month of January, and we expect to have more tournaments every two months or so afterwards. We are also in the process of deciding which games to add to our line up and tying a cosplay event to the E-sports tournaments.

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