Gamers battle for Xbox One S

Fifty-two gamers went head-to-head during the second-annual Omega Phi Rho and The Pit Video Game Tournament, Thursday, in the Scottsbluff Room in the Student Center.

With around $500-worth of prizes up for grabs, tensions were high as gamers battled it out for the top prize in one of six brackets: “Mortal Kombat X,” “Mario Kart 8 Deluxe,” “NBA 2K19, ”Madden 19,” “FIFA 19” and “Fortnite.”

Demetrius McFadden, junior of Pahokee, Florida, walked away with the grand prize of the evening, an Xbox One S, for winning the “2K19” bracket.

For five and a half hours, gamers battled their way through the night to try and walk away with the top spot. Prizes were awarded to first and second place for all games, but some brackets also had prizes available for the third-place spot.

Additionally, there were door prizes available, attendees gaining eligibility for those prizes simply by signing in on the event check-in sheet.

Morgan Smith, 21, junior of Rapid City, South Dakota, helped organize the event and said that the event “turned out really well.”

The event took “two or three weeks” to plan, according to Smith.

He added that this is only the second tournament co-sponsored by the two organizations, but there have been other video game tournaments in the past.

Smith worked with Sara Flores, 21, senior of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Tobe Mbanugo, 23, Junior of Abuja, Nigeria, and Nick Olson, 21, senior of Boulder, Colorado, to plan and execute the event.

Other first-place finishers included Jaisean Jackson, senior of Aurora, Colorado, in the “Madden 19” bracket and Mohannad Alhusaini, freshman of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, in the “FIFA 19” bracket.

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