Player Omega is changing the tradition of esports as a spectator event; instead of simply watching competitors play against one another, they’re seeking to get fans to pick up the controller themselves and join in on the action. At their inaugural event, which will take place at the Pomona Fairplex over the weekend of November 9th, Player Omega aims to start a new trend in participation-based esports events. A multi-layered immersive experience will expand the gaming community’s reach, while enlarging the esports tent to include everyone passionate about gaming. In a press release, CEO Jon Bukosky explained “Player Omega is not another passive event for you to go watch other people do something special –– it’s your turn to seize your moment and be the hero. This is a live event like nothing before and you’ll be participating as part of your own community.”
The festival will include numerous competitive gaming events for amateurs and pros alike, as well as gaming-related art and music performances, with the likes of I Fight Dragons and Granny 4 Barrel. Attendees are invited to dress in cosplay to win prizes, and can look forward to interacting with their favorite athletes via panel discussions. There will also be a pitch event where hopeful entrepreneurs can pitch their startup ideas for a chance to receive $100,000 in seed funding.
Of course the focus of the event will still be on gaming competitions. Player Omega has partnered with Super League to organize open matches for League of Legends, Minecraft and Fortnite. Signups will be on site and all ages and skill levels are welcome. Similarly, National Championship Series (NCS), which bills itself as a “stepping stone for the amateur esports competitor,” will be hosting NCS minor tournaments for Apex Legends and CS:GO. Collegiate StarLeague (CSL) will also be on hand running their own tournament at the event for college students who want to compete in Street Fighter V.
Another focus of Player Omega is to bring the world of esports to locations oftentimes overlooked by larger organizations. Competitors like Dreamhacks and StarLeagues have mostly concentrated their efforts in major metropolitan areas, and Player Omega is looking to offer an alternative. In a press release, Player Omega President Kevin Lyman described how “there are gamers outside the major metro areas and Player Omega wants to make sure it’s their turn for the big event. Some of the best esports competitors come from overlooked places. Player Omega wants to help assure nobody is passed over again and build champions from local communities.”
Player Omega will take place November 9th and 10th at the Pomona Fairplex.
Subnation will be live at the event.