The first day at this year’s edition of the BYOC (Bring Your Own Computer) , Gaming and Summer Festival took off with more than 2,500 youngsters taking to the virtual playfield. The event, which concludes today, is being organised at the Ambience Mall in Gurgaon by Xtreme Gaming, in partnership with HT Edge, the youth newspaper.
“The response has been tremendous. We got 1,500 registrations through emails, and others registered in person. So far, we have over 2,500 gamers in the hall," says Ashish Gupta of Xtreme Gaming.
The event sees 60 hours of non-stop gaming. “I have been here since eight hours. Gaming gives me a high like nothing else does. I am going to be here for all the 60 hours of the event," said Manish Karki, 19, a student of Amity University. Karki was accompanied by two friends who carried extra sets of clothing with them.
The event also saw participation from professional gamers. “I want to make a career in game development. Gaming is my biggest passion and can do it for hours non-stop. I hope I continue till the last minute of the 60th hour," said Alish Jain, 22, an engineering graduate who was playing the game Counter Strike.
The event, which was opened by Scarlet Grudge — a teen rock band from Ryan International School, has prizes worth Rs 5 lakh to be won at the end of the three-day event.