Wichita Esports tournament focuses on positivity after deadly 'swatting' incident

Published: Feb. 4, 2018 at 9:03 PM CST
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The swatting call that led to Andrew Finch's death in December brought national attention to the online gaming community.

Eyewitness News went to an online gaming tournament in Wichita to find out what're doing to highlight positives of Esports.

"While many online gamers came here to WSU for cash prizes, they told me they enjoy the online gaming community for more positive aspects than people think."

A dozen collegiate teams played in the Wichita Esport convention this weekend, with a ten thousand dollar first place prize on the line.

Ramsey Jamoul with Wichita Esports says the competitive sport is about using strategy and teamwork to play toward a common goal.

Instead of focusing on the negative feelings associated with online gaming. Jamoul wants the in-person conventions to build friendships and create a sense of bonding.

"It's much more important for players to build that relationship and take the motive to go out to tournaments, put that commitment to get there, train for it and actually be able to execute over three days and win."

McPherson College offers scholarships for Esports players. Teams from several states including Illinois, Colorado and Missouri participated in this weekend's Wichita tournament.