Away from LoC din, youth fight virtual war at Sangarmal

Maiden Cyber Games Championship evokes massive response


Srinagar, Jan 14: The tech-savvy youth threw virtual grenades, placed land mines in key military camps and operated deadly second world war guns on—all this on laptops during a cyber game championship here at Sangarmal Shopping Complex on Monday.
Youths here are engaged in a computer game battle, a first- of- its-kind championship, while the virtual clouds of war are hovering between the two neighboring countries – India and Pakistan – on the Line of Control.
12- year old Qasim likes to call himself Paul. The teenager on Monday beat trained computer game players here, reaching to semi-finals. He was adjudged the best Tekken player. Tekken is a professional fight game.
“Nobody can beat me here. You can take cajoles with others, but not with me,” the jaunty Qasim told Greater Kashmir. “And how do you beat everyone here?”
“Because I am the most powerful here,” he yells.
The Kashmir Cyber Games Championship is organized by a Valley-based organization “After a survey last month, we found that youth are playing games in Kashmir like never before. Actually the tournament is inspired by those youth who take gaming as a profession and art here. We thus find out that we have a great talent for gaming in Kashmir,” says organizer of the tournament Ahmer Khan. 
20-year old Ahmer studies Mass Communication and Multimedia Production at Government Degree College Baramulla.
The two-day tournament had begun on January 13. More than 100 youths and children participated in the event.
Ahmer said would tie up with national-level organizations for conduct of more cyber game championships. “If we have a talent like Qasim, why cannot we just try national level gaming championships,” he says. Ahmer said the Department of Tourism helped him to hold such a tournament. Greater Kashmir is the media partner of the championship.
Youth and children who participated in the championship say cyber gaming events are a new genre of sports. “We are looking forward for a grand platform where we could show our gaming skills. But gaming is still being looked upon as a waste of time here. The fact is that it is not. In China and Japan, such championships offer a promising career,” says a gamer.
When a group of youth defeated another group, Sangarmal echoed with yells of celebration. After celebrating the win, youths began again – “we should never be complacent,” they say.

Lastupdate on : Mon, 14 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Mon, 14 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
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