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An eSports event based in Cardiff. We want to meet new people, build a community and play both casual and competitive games!
An eSports event based in Cardiff. We want to meet new people, build a community and play both casual and competitive games!
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Have you ever thought that you were the best at a game? Do you think you could compete at a higher level? Or do you just want to meet like-minded people? Then the SnowSpire Championship Series is the place for you!

SnowSpire Championship Series

The SnowSpire Championship Series is a gaming/eSports event based in the Ricoh Suite of the Cardiff City Stadium. The weekend is split into two separate days, an invitational team match on Saturday 25th October, followed by a massive gaming marathon on Sunday October 26th. 

Day 2 is open to the public for anyone and everyone to test their skills against amateurs and (semi)professionals alike. If you play regular eSports online, or even just Mario Kart with your mates, then this event is for you! Or if you don't like to play, then come and spectate or just make some new friends. Either way, we look forward to meeting you!

Video by Bath University Gaming Society (BUNCS) and Campus TV

Background

As founder of Aberystwyth Community of Gamers in 2010, I have personally seen the growth and development of geek culture and video gaming in society. I have also seen people make new friends and the massive boosts in self-confidence this provides. 

You also only need to look at the success of eSports across the world to see that people love to compete. Add to this the success of Facebook games, mobile and tablet games and it's clear that video games are ingrained into society. So come along, share your stories and passions and enjoy video games. 

But before we delve into the details, take a glimpse of what joining a gaming society can do for you. Video courtesy of Tom Morris and Aberystwyth Community of Gamers. 

The Venue 

In June, Wembley Arena hosted a major League of Legends tournament and tickets sold out fast. This news provided us with the inspiration to begin talks with the Cardiff City Stadium; the venue for our event.

Cardiff City Stadium
Cardiff City Stadium
Richoh Suite Pitch Side
Richoh Suite Pitch Side
Ricoh Suite Bar Side
Ricoh Suite Bar Side

Two Events, One Weekend

Another aspect that makes this project special is that it contains two events in one weekend. Day 1, on Saturday 25th October is an invitation only, inter-university eSports competition between eight teams. Please check the eligibility criteria here to see if you can compete, or come and watch the teams battle it out on your favourite games. 

Day 2, on Sunday 26th October is the big day and the reason raising money. We want to open the event up, invite everyone to come and test their skills. Amateur or professional, it doesn't matter! It's all about demonstrating what sports are all about - building a community between players and fans. 

Food and Drink will be available at the event supplied by Cardiff City Stadium and are not included in the ticket price. A menu is shown below for the food, and drinks will be available from the bar. 

Cardiff City Stadium Event Catering Prices
Cardiff City Stadium Event Catering Prices

Games 

Day 1, Inter-Uni Games List

League of Legends, Dota 2, Counter Strike Global Offensive, Call of Duty Black Ops 2, Super Street Fighter IV, Mario Kart Wii, Super Smash Bros Project M.

Saturday Schedule
Saturday Schedule

Day 2, Public Opening

Day two is where we pull out the biggest single player titles from both PC and Console platforms. We have the expected top tier eSports titles including Starcraft 2, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 and the new Fifa 15. But that's not all! We've brought other less intimidating (but equally rage inducing) titles including Pokemon X/Y, Mario Kart, Forza and Dive Kick. A full games list  and schedule is shown below. 

Sunday Schedule
Sunday Schedule

Equipment and Competitions

The equipment available for the event from SnowSpire and associated parties will be used predominantly to provide infrastructure for the event. It is therefore recommended that players bring any equipment that they feel they want for the event. 

Xbox, Wii and PlayStation Consoles will be provided by chosen players. Most players entering these competitions will not require additional equipment unless they wish to use their own headsets/controllers.* Sign-ups for tournaments close 15 minutes before the scheduled tournament start time and players must be present before then to compete. 

Players wishing to compete in the PC games and tournaments will be required to bring their own computers/laptops, mice, keyboards, headsets, cables and copies of games. This is also true for the 3DS Pokemon X/Y competition, where players should bring their own handheld consoles and games. The sign-ups for these tournaments also close 15 minutes before the event.

Floor Plan / Setup for Day 1
Floor Plan / Setup for Day 1
Floor Plan / Setup for Day 2
Floor Plan / Setup for Day 2

Prizes  

Prizes are still currently under consideration but the most popular tournaments will receive larger rewards. Also the more we raise the bigger the prize pot will be!

Trophies from the ACOG-BUGL Varsity Match 2014. Josh Standing.
Trophies from the ACOG-BUGL Varsity Match 2014. Josh Standing.

Project Management and Organisers 

SnowSpire Solutions, the company hosting the event, is owned and managed by Keiran Russell who has 4 years of eSports event experience, including the recent Aberystwyth-Bangor Varsity Match. Assisting him are 8 of the UK's top gaming societies, a number of small business owners and the National University E-Sports League.

  • SnowSpire Solutions Ltd. is the main sponsor of the event and the business set up by Keiran Russell. SnowSpire provide business consultancy, looking to improve efficiency through automating processes. They also provide Virtual Private Networking Services to help students access games on restricted networks.
  • Welsh ICE is a propeller for start ups and small enterprises. The community is also hosting to the Championship Series launch party. 
  • Wize is a Virtual Administration business based in Welsh ICE, and is providing venue advice and support running the event.
  • Tom Rudenko, Cai Jones, Christopher Harvey, Charlie Tanner, Adam Sharpley, Jonathan Lambert and Alex Bray are all senior figures from gaming societies across the country. These people frequently run local versions of this event and provide both experience and contacts in the industry.
  • We're also currently in talks with the National University E-Sports League (NUEL), an organisation that hosts regular online League of Legends events. 

Sponsors

  • Cosmic Anvil creators of the Age of Revolution comic book series have now become official sponsors of the SnowSpire Championship Series. This means that everyone who attends the event will get the chance to check out their fantastic comic. They're also big fans of Mario Kart, Super Smash Bros. and Tekken. So grab a VIP Ticket today and give them a few games before we open.

  • Talk and Surf, a 3D gaming Zone in Cardiff. We look forward to seeing them at the event and testing their skills against those of the players. Check them out on Facebook today. https://www.facebook.com/TalkAndSurfCardiff

  • HWYL are a business consultancy owned by a HSBC former business manager. Simon Jones says he has a passion to help business owners re-ignite their emotion, motivation and energy. He's also a regular attendee of iSeries. 

  • Paramount Games Rental, launched in September 2012 by Anthony Greaves are an online video game rental service based in South Wales. Customers pay a monthly subscription which allows them to rent video games. 

Initial Costs 

  • £1600 - Venue & Insurance
  • £1400 - Estimated Cost of Rewards

Minimum target of £3000 allows for the venue to be booked and backer rewards to be purchased. 

Stretch Goals

  • £4000 Small Prizes Available.
  • £5000 Medium Prizes Available.
  • £6000 Large Prizes Available.
  • £8500 Dedicated PCs provided for tournaments.
  • £10,000 Upgraded networking facilities and additional dedicated hardware. Hitting this target will also allow us to put on future events at a much reduced cost and risk. 
  • £12,500 Any further funds will be added to the prize pool.

We would like to say a massive thank you to anyone who has read this far and is/has donated to the project. We wouldn't be able to pull this off without your continued support. We also hope to see you at the event so we can say all of this in person. Thank you!

*** Eligibility Criteria/Legal Notices: In order to compete on Day 1 players must be universities students for academic year 2014/15. They must also be registered with their respective university society. There is no limit on the number of players a university may bring to compete, but only 1 team may be submitted per game. On Day 2, anyone may compete in a tournament as long as they have paid entry to the event and are over the day certification for the game title. Players should be aware of the age restrictions on the games before attending and players under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Identification may be requested on the door, and failure to comply may result in event access being refused.

** All Game titles and platforms remain the intellectual property of the producer/publisher. I do not claim any physical or copyright ownership on any title and do not aim to make a commercial gain from these items. All money from the event will be reinvested into the gaming/eSports community including, but not limited to an increase in the available prize pot. 

Furthermore, the games and platforms provided at this event do not belong to SnowSpire as a business and are the responsibility of the individuals who own them. SnowSpire cannot take responsibility for any loss or damages to equipment or games.

* No equipment may be used that provides a competitive advantage. This includes but is not limited to modded controllers.

Risks and challenges

The main threat to this project is financial. We have set a minimum target of £3000 that would allow us to run the event on a very tight budget. As such we hope we have shown you the value of our event and we storm past our £6000 stretch goal.

Also having better equipment would make the event run more smoothly and reduce the risk of hardware faults and game crashes. Nevertheless, the team is experienced with the current equipment and are qualified to monitor any issues.

Another possible threat to the project could be a lack of competition. Despite our market research, there is always a possibility that fewer numbers than anticipated attend the event. With reduced entrants the event may look slightly empty and lose the desired atmosphere.

Despite these possible issues the event will still go ahead and we shall strive to make it a fantastic experience for everyone involved; be they hardcore players or people looking to make new friends.

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    ACOG/BUGL Banter Bus! - Transport for Aberywtyth and Bangor society team members from Bangor/Aberystwyth to Cardiff on the Friday and a return on the Sunday. Also team accommodation, breakfast and tickets provided. This reward is only available to members of the societies above and will be checked prior to fulfilment.

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