Palouse’s Largest Gaming Event Returns Saturday
September 20, 2019
Vandal Overnight Games returns 10 a.m. to midnight Saturday, Sept. 28, in the International Ballroom of the Bruce M. Pitman Center. It is the largest gaming event on the Palouse.
More than 800 people are expected at the Palouse's largest gaming event. On Sept. 28, the Pitman Center will be converted to almost 100,000 square feet of gaming space divided into 25 different areas including an escape room, video game free play/tournaments, cosplay, board game free play, karaoke and virtual reality.
The annual event is hosted by U of I Information Technology Services and is now in its sixth year. Vandal Overnight Games is free and open to all ages. Pre-registration is not required but encouraged on Eventbrite. A $1,000 U of I scholarship and two $500 U of I scholarships will be given away. Food will be available for purchase.
"This event is the cumulation of our work to connect with the multitude of gaming individuals and their large range of interests here on the Palouse," said Darren Kearney, Vandal Overnight Games co-founder and Information Technology Services manager. "Attendees can discover fun around every corner and be inspired to try out something they haven't experienced before."
Guests are invited to bring their own systems, games, PCs or handheld consoles. Each PC free play station will have one Ethernet cable connected to a custom-built, high-speed network for high-speed/low latency gaming. Projectors and big screens will be set up around the building. Areas will also be available for tabletop games and card games including "Magic: The Gathering" and "Dungeons and Dragons."
Attendees can compete for bragging rights in four-player "micro tournaments" in addition to the larger gaming tournaments playing "League of Legends" and "Magic: The Gathering." Other activities include a costume contest, chess free play, karaoke, a movie and virtual reality.
The first Vandal Overnight Games was held in fall 2014, and the event is now held each year. Local businesses, community groups and volunteers from across the university work to organize the day-long event.
"Vandal Overnight Games is a chance for our students, the wider Vandal Family and our local community to connect for a day of friendship, gaming and fun," said Dan Ewart, U of I vice president for Information Technology and chief information officer. "The staff that work so hard to put on this event exemplify our mission and focus on customer service and it is a pleasure for all of us to offer this exciting event."
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