Usually, when you see gaming get-togethers, you see them in places like Las Vegas (with EVO) or Los Angeles (with most given esports-related events), or even community events, like PAX East or Call of Duty XP. But very rarely do you see something done on the high seas.
However, Curtis Smith and his team at Gamer Tech Events are looking to change that with the first ever video game cruise, dubbed the Gamer Gauntlet 2017. The cruise, set to take place this October, will head to the Bahamas on the Royal Caribbean’s Majesty of the Seas, with room for 2,500 avid gamers and a variety of esports superstars and gaming celebrities.
Smith, the founder and CEO for the company, has already promised a number of big names attending the event, including guests like Carlos Ferro (Dom from the Gears of War series), Brittney “Blondenerd” Brombacher and the “Hip Hop Gamer”, as well as a variety of esports teams that will compete in a variety of competitions, including H1Z1, Super Smash Bros. and more. Video Games Live will also be performing at the event, with a complete orchestra. Other artists like Mega Ran and DJ Dowager will host concerts as well.
Not to mention the fact that the cruise ship is going to the Bahamas. That’s a hard thing to turn down, especially when it comes to the cool fall season. “We are there for 9 hours it’s for guests to get off the boat, sight see, go on excursions and enjoy the travel part of the event,” noted Smith.
It wasn’t always easy, though. “It’s getting the word out that it’s real and it’s happening,” he noted about the event. But he’s certainly pleased with the results.
“We wanted to create the ultimate gamer vacation and I love cruises ,” he added when it came to the creation of the Gamer Gauntlet…and, apparently, that attracted the attention of other parties as well, including companies like HTC Vive, Red Bull and Meta Threads, as well as others like LucidSound, HTC esports, Coder Camps, Vertagear and Gaems.
But even though esports events will take place on the cruise with a number of tournaments, Smith made it clear it’s all about the casual gamer enjoying the experience. “We are a gamer cruise and esports is just a big part of the gaming scene,” he said. “So there was no way we could do a gaming cruise without there being esports.”
Setting Sail With The Gamer Gauntlet
There will be something for everyone on the cruise aside from competitions and concerts, including gaming stations that feature HTC technology, as well as full immersion game rooms and other fun activities.
“We’ve seen a lot of companies and people talking about it,” Smith said when it came to the promotion of the cruise. “We have had a tremendous amount of support in the gaming industry.”
And on top of that, he spread the word like crazy at the recent PAX East event about the cruise. “I felt like Oprah when she was like you get a car – you get a car – you get a car…lol. People were just excited.”
As for why companies showed an interest in getting involved, Smith made it clear. “The fact that it’s the first ever video game themed cruise.” A lot of companies are on board with it, “all just super excited about the vision we have for it. To be a vacation for gamers.”
The event will feature eight invitational only tournaments with some of the top teams in the country, including Team Dignitas, Denial Esports, Astral Authority and many others that will be signed on, playing games including Smite, Super Smash Bros. Melee (old school!), Call of Duty, Street Fighter V, Overwatch, CSGO, Overwatch, H1Z1 and Injustice 2.
As for potential future Gamer Gauntlet events, Smith wouldn’t say if they would continue or not, but he did note, “You don’t want to miss this one, and it’s ONLY 2500 reservations available!” (It’s also worth noting that reservations will go on sale on the official Gamer Tech Events page later this week.)
It sounds like a one-of-a-kind event, whether you prefer the casual side of gaming, or really want to see some teams go at it in the unlikeliest of places. We’ll see how it all goes down when the trip takes place on October 20th.
You can learn more about this special event on the official Gamer Tech Events page.