Game On for Pirie gamers with first competition brought to city

GAME ON: Ryan Finlay and Tyson Hanlon with one of the trophies up for grabs at Sunday's competition.
GAME ON: Ryan Finlay and Tyson Hanlon with one of the trophies up for grabs at Sunday's competition.

A boredom breaker is debuting in Port Pirie this weekend, with multiple organisations coming together to present the city's first gaming console and PC competition

Being hosted at the Northern Festival Centre on Sunday, March 24, Game On competitors will gather at 10am to take part in two different events, a Fifa 18 tournament and Track Mania Nations race. 

The two competitions present large first place prizes, $500 for Fifa and $200 for Track Mania Nations. 

Brett Finlay is a worker in the personal helpers and mentors program at the Australia Red Cross as well as a member of the Port Pirie Local Drug Action Team and he says that competitions like these are common in the city and they wanted to provide those in the country with the same opportunities. 

"We were thinking that quite often the young ones of today complain there is nothing to do and complain of boredom so this event will be something that metro kids often get the chance to do.

"We thought it would be a good opportunity to bring something that city kids take for granted, into the country. We think it will be a hit with the country kids."

Street Geek, an Adelaide based organisation will be hosting the event bringing approximately 40 PCs and 20 gaming consoles together for competitors. 

Currently, about 20 people have registered to compete in the Fifa 18 with ages varying between children and adults. 

Brett explains that they will be open for registrations on the day, but to guarantee your spot in the tournament, pre-registering on Event Brite would be the best way. 

"There is the opportunity to register on the day and we think a lot of people are going to take that option, as long as they understand that they only way they guarantee entry into the competition is to pre-register. You can take the chance of getting in on the day, but you are far better off registering," he said. 

The event is being described as a test case to see whether this is something the Port Pirie community would support and want to see more. 

"If it is a hit and is well supported by the Pirie community we will look at doing something like it again. As it is the first event of its type, we would like to think that it will be a success," Brett said. 

Nyrstar, Northpoint Ford and Hyundai, Repco, Autopro, the Port Pirie Regional Council, Intersport and Port Pirie Local Drug Action team have been encouraging support to the event and have provided sponsorship to help it go ahead.