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Anticipating hundreds of gaming enthusiasts

Students from the Academic Esports bachelor's program at the University of Agder (UiA) are organizing an arcade gaming competition at Sørlandsenteret this upcoming Saturday. They are expecting up to a thousand gaming enthusiasts from across Norway.

Bilde av studenter med spillmaskiner
Academic Esports students from UiA will bring 8-9 gaming machines and invite families and gaming enthusiasts to try them out at Outland on Sørlandssenteret on Saturday, November 4th. From the front right: Mina Sagvolden Thai and Torbjørn Røkeberg Lid, and Christoffer André Walther in the background.

"We have some exciting gaming machines that many people are eager to try out, especially the game 'Step Maniacs' and our Japanese arcade machines," says Mark Charles Heckford, who teaches Academic Esports at UiA.

Mark Charles Heckford underviser i Akademisk e-sport på UiA.

Mark Charles Heckford teaches Academic Esports at UiA.

UiA is hosting the gaming day in collaboration with the gaming and entertainment store, Outland, at Sørlandssenteret. UiA's Esports students are planning and executing the competition.

"An essential part of the bachelor's program is learning to organize larger esports events. Students are assessed on their planning, execution, and evaluation abilities," explains Heckford.

Support for partners in Hawaii 

The event is named "Arcade 4 Good." Although the competition is free, the event will bring attention to UiA's partners at the University of Maui in Hawaii. The university faced catastrophic wildfires earlier this year, and many students are lacking both books and teaching materials.

"Participants in the competitions can, if they want and are able, voluntarily donate money via Vipps to support them," says Heckford.

Suitable for all ages and levels

The event provides a great opportunity for families and gaming enthusiasts to participate and have fun together. Outland is offering attractive prizes for the winners. There are chances for winning prizes just for taking part, you don’t have to be an expert.

The event begins on Saturday, November 4th, at 10 a.m. and will continue throughout the day until Sørlandssenteret's closing time. UiA's gaming machines will be located in Outland's former premises, adjacent to the current Outland store.