By Brent Spivey
SWIFT club representatives rolled out box after box of ethernet cable to provide fast and stable network connectivity to gamers across all spectrums of gaming in “Frag Fest,” on Friday at 6 p.m.
SWIFT was founded by Computer Information Systems students 25 years ago, and continues to play an integral role in the gaming community by uniting players under one roof to house the future of ESports and promote technology literacy.
The community continues to be driven by both CPP students and Alumni.
“Before online gaming, the golden age of gaming was going to your friend’s house so you can all play together on one screen,” CPP ESports President and fourth-year marketing and cis student Adolfo Alaron said.
“Nowadays gaming is featured more online so it is important for us to offer “Frag Fest” once a quarter (soon to be once or twice a semester) as a reminder that we can all still get together and have a lot of fun!”
The setup of infrastructure, switches, ethernet cables, chokes and data systems monitored by the 170 SWIFT and ESports students was used to provide efficient networking for Overwatch, DODA 2, CSGO, League of Legends, Super Smash Bros., Melee and Smash 4, which are all popular games in the community and around the world.
Within the courtyard, surrounded by CPP’s Business Administration buildings, a display of an interactive VR setup, MSi computer gaming experiences and others sponsorships like Redbull extended into the main room (Building 162 room 1002) where catchy music and colored lights amplified the hype of all the players that stretched across the tiered conference room.
“Overwatch, DODA 2 and League of Legends are popular at this event because they’re free and accessible to most players,” CPP ESports Marketing, SWIFT Vice President and fifth-year marketing student Laura Menchen said.
“We’re having such a strong turnout this year and it’s thanks to our sponsors for helping with prizes, other campus communities participating and the rooms our team sets up in make it easy for players to see everything that is going on.”
Players have a chance to win Graphics Cards and Bitcoin which amount to over $1000 worth of prizes.
People who are passionate about the gaming industry and are interested in networking with other schools and organizations are encouraged to attend more events by SWIFT or CPP ESports.
They can be found on Facebook at “Cal Poly Swift” and “CPP ESports.”
Super Smash Bros. Melee and Wii U (4) are an extension of the services provided by CPP Esports.
“It’s the love of the game that keeps this community going,” senior computer engineering student Jack Genchi said.
“We have over 30 melee players here for the tournament and it’s inspiring to see it grow to the national level. Competitive players like Leffen and locals like Juggle Guy encourage us to continue to push this tough game that’s been around for over a decade.”
Some advice of these tournaments: Bring your own controller or setup.
The CPP Smash community umbrellas players of Melee, Smash 4 and Project M, but does not offer the Nintendo 64 Smash installment.
If you have nothing to do and want to experience something new definitely drop by one of these events, the community is very helpful and friendly.
Tournament brackets, raffle notifications and real-time video of the matches are projected above for all to see and can also be viewed via online at CaffineTV/CPP_ESPORTS.
The event features the most popular games, but CPP ESports members vote and express their interests in other games and competitions for future events.
Have your voice heard and be a part of the CPP ESports discord group.
*Frag is a term known to the PC gaming community as a replacement for “kill,” most well-known in deathmatch games.
Brent Spivey / The Poly Post
Student gamers participated in the event with the hope of winning one of the prizes
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