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Published September 14, 2023
A Community Gaming Day for University of Wyoming students featuring exciting esports games will be held Friday, Sept. 15, from 1:30-6 p.m. in the Wyoming Union Pokes Pub and Game Room.
The free gaming event is part of the Wyoming Blockchain Stampede presented by the UW Center for Blockchain and Digital Innovation. It is sponsored by the esports and blockchain clubs at UW. Gift cards will be offered as door prizes, and snacks and drinks will be available.
“Our aim is to provide a fun, noncompetitive gaming experience for the local Laramie and UW communities,” says Joey Marchand, Community Gaming Day organizer. “This event will feature pop-up tournaments based on participant interest.”
Marchand says participants can bring and use their cellphones, laptops, personal computers or game consoles to play. There also are 16 game stations at the Pokes Pub and Game Room.
The games will include party games, such as Gartic Phone, GeoGuessr and Jackbox, and competitive esports games, including League of Legends, Rocket League and Valorant. All power cords and LAN switches will be provided by the esports club.
Later, country singer-songwriter Travis Denning will perform a free concert for UW students, faculty and staff at 8 p.m. in UW’s Indoor Practice Facility.
“The event will end well before the concert starts, so everyone has time to drop their equipment off at home and still get there early,” Marchand says.
A more intense esports event is scheduled Saturday, Sept. 16, at the Pokes Pub and Game Room. UW esports teams will compete against teams from the Air Force Academy, University of Colorado and Colorado State University.
Input Output Global is the title sponsor of the Wyoming Blockchain Stampede. Event sponsors are Microsoft, Custodia Bank, Crypto.com, Ava Labs and Americans for Prosperity/Wyoming. UW partners are the School of Computing; Wyoming Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation; School of Energy Resources; the colleges of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Business, and Agriculture, Life Sciences and Natural Resources; Associated Students of UW; and IMPACT 307.