Gamestart gaming competition returns to Warrnambool

GAME ON: Gamestart masterminds Phill Orero and Paul Hayward are gearing up for another edition of the eSport tournament.

GAME ON: Gamestart masterminds Phill Orero and Paul Hayward are gearing up for another edition of the eSport tournament.

FROM boardgames to the newest video game releases, Gamestart’s latest instalment promises hours of competitive fun.

Now in its fourth year, Gamestart’s second outing for 2017 takes place on Saturday at the Warrnambool Bowls Club.

Co-organiser Paul Hayward said Gamestart began as a video game competition in 2014, but now incorporated demonstrations from the Warrnambool Tabletop Gaming Network, where people could take part in the recent boardgame boom.

But the real contests are on a dazzling array of screens and consoles, where about 100 competitors are expected to vye for major prizes across more than a dozen games spanning three decades of gaming.

Titles include the freshly released Injustice 2 and Atari classic Frogger, as well as Windjammers, R-Type, Call Of Duty Black Ops, Ultimate Marvel Vs Capcom 3, Soul Calibur V, Dark Souls III, Wonder Boy, Metal Slug, Goldeneye, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Star Wars Pod Racer, and Halo 3.

Competitors are free to have as many attempts on games as they like, with their final attempt on each game going towards their total score. Hayward said the top 16 then go through to a series of finals, which are contested over about six yet-to-be-decided games.

Free play begins from 11am, and the tournament starts at noon.

Visit the Gamestart Facebook page to register or for more information.

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