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Ottawa’s Largest Gaming Event Returns – Frostfire.
Carleton University’s flagship eSports event, Frostfire, returns to the capital region on February 1st and 2nd 2020. The annual event, which had over 300 attendees in 2019, will be held in the Palais des Congrès de Gatineau. Frostfire has grown into a global event, with players traveling to Ottawa from as far as Japan and the UK to compete and will be broadcast globally using popular streaming service Twitch.tv.
The event will feature 15 different games, with the most popular being Nintendo’s latest edition of the Super Smash Bros. franchise. Last year, over 100 different players entered the event, with the champion taking home over $500 in prize money. This year, there is over $10,000 to be won by the most skilled gamers.
Frostfire is organized and executed by Tespa Carleton, a student-led gaming club at the university. Founded in 2016 by Robert Oles and James Fitzgerald, the organization focuses on creating an inclusive and accepting environment to combat the negative stigma associated with video game culture.
“The club is built and operates on three core pillars” said Martin So, current club President “we call them the three C’s: Community, Competitive, and Career. It’s amazing to see how much this event grows each year. This year we’ve been able to expand our partnership outreach to not only gaming partners but also various organizations within Carleton such as the Carleton Ravens. Frostfire is the cumulation of the club’s core values and represents thousands of hours of work by students.”
The weekend is a celebration of gaming in Ottawa where players gather to compete in various tournaments over the two days. Additionally, there are lots of on-site activities such as free-play games and drop-in events for those attending the event as spectators. The event space is even open overnight for those night owls who can’t get enough.