Lecture halls full of hundreds of glowing screens and the sounds of video games; this can only mean one thing: Frag Fest.

Bronco Esports, a Cal Poly Pomona club, hosted their tri-annual event on Friday, Sept. 21 from 5-10 p.m. in the College of Business, which welcomed students and nonstudents.

The event was powered by SWIFT. 

The club booked out four separate rooms within buildings 162 and 163 to set up different games in each room for attendees to enjoy.

They used one main lecture hall room, room 1001, and three other smaller lecture rooms.

There was free pizza and water for all guests, along with raffles and giveaways such as computer peripherals and hardware.

“Frag Fest, of course, is a bring your own computer event or local access network party for anyone to just bring video games to play and relax,” said William Wong, president of Bronco Esports and fifth-year applied mathematics student. The club has sponsors and advertisements to help fund these events and provide giveaways for the gamers.

The event was “BYOC” or “bring your own computer/console.” (Sarah Madrigal | The Poly Post)

This first Frag Fest was sponsored by MSI Gaming, EVGA, Cooler Master, XPG Global and HyperX.

The event had roughly 265 guests, which is a strong number for the club, and a similar count for past events.

The event took about two months of planning and approximately three to four weeks of additional, more concrete planning.

This included meetings on deciding how much to spend on supplies, finalizing sponsors and adds, renting classrooms and creating a gaming schedule to be efficient.

“I am really glad everything is running smooth because it is our first big event of the year and we have a completely new E-board so it has been a lot of work to do,” said Bennett Wong, scheduler of the club and fourth-year computer science student.

Hundreds of students attended this fall’s Frag Fest. The event is held three times a year. (Sarah Madrigal | The Poly Post)

Bronco Esports had about 70 to 80 people attend their first meeting.

The club keeps students updated with meetings through their social media accounts and a Google calendar they use for upcoming events.

They also have a discord server online with around 1,200 members, which is the most active part of the community.

Jasmine Lee is a transfer CIS student who is a part of the discord server community and found out about the event through there.

She came solo to the event, excited to meet new people and other fellow gamers and was impressed with the turnout, it being her first school gaming event.

“It has been a lot of fun, everyone is really friendly here,” Lee said. “The atmosphere is welcoming and it’s nice to see everyone playing games.”

With CPP transitioning into semesters, the club has decided to keep hosting the event three times within the school year to keep on track with the other gaming universities.

They will now be hosting two in the fall semester and one in the spring semester.

Their next Frag Fest will be on Friday, Nov. 16 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and the piece of advice from Wong is to “bring your entire rig.”

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