As a major organization in the Caribbean to bring together all the best video game players in the region to compete against one another, the Video X-Games has made its name in the local and regional gaming community as the most highly anticipated annual video gaming event since its inception in 2002 in St. Maarten.
The last edition of Video X Games was held in 2006, which attracted a record 250 participants, with over 60 of those from abroad. Over $7.000 in prizes were given away at this 3 day event in July of 2006, and is still regarded in gaming arenas across the Caribbean as one of the most successful Video Game competitions the region has ever experienced in terms of intra-regional competition. Due to most of the organizers moving abroad to further their studies and professional aspirations in 2006, the Video X Games has not been held since.
In 2011, the original organizers have completed their college degrees and progressed into their professional careers in various fields such as economics, information technology, networking, aviation and tourism. With a renewed determination, understanding and professionalism towards organizing a world class gaming event and technological expo such as Video X Games, the organization has returned to organize the next Video X Games (VxG). With a booming international gaming industry that now surpasses Music and Movies, a trend that has trickled into our local waters, and new media to which Electronic Sports (E-Sports) can be broadcasted online, The VxG is back in are planning to come back in full force with our 2012 edition of the VxG 2k12 to be held from July 13 to 15, 2012.
Seeing that the demand for such a competition is high and with turnout each time exceeding previous years, we plan on making this one of the biggest events we have ever organized thus far. Players will have the opportunity to prove that they are skilful at this competition in various popular video games and will be competing against their peers for bragging rights, medals and of course, cash prizes.
St. Maarten was certainly the place to be for all-stars and underdogs alike. The Video X Games 2012 took place and with a lot of surprising and familiar talent. With this grand event sporting tournaments of all genres, players (casual and competitive alive) gathered from all over the world in order to test their mettle against each other in order to prove themselves (and to others) that they are the top player in their respective field. Halo, Call of Duty, NBA 2k, and of course our grand ol’ fighting games such as Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition Ver. 2012 and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3.
An international tournament is not one without the presence of Mad Catz! They were more than eager to support this event in Mad Catz fashion, no matter what country the event was hosted at. Mad Catz provided TE sticks, pro level headsets from Tritton, MLG pads for the Halo/COD players and among other tournament worthy items. Mad Catz’s support as one of VxG sponsors, cemented the start of a very promising tournament series with the aid of Mad Catz. The VxG event, being its first, was a very successful major!
All of this went down at the Sonestra Bay Resort & Casino in St.Maarten, smack dab in the middle of the Caribbean. Streamed exclusively by Dominion Method Gaming’s partner Bifuteki, the live broadcast went off without a hitch, showcasing the plethora of fighting games and awesome talent, including the shocking talent of DRGL , the Dominican Republic Gaming league. These guys have even won the Caribbean Cup for taking the most tournaments (even including fighting games) ! A small snippet of results below:
Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition ver. 2012
- DR | Ray
Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3
- EMP | Santhrax
- DR | Ray
Mortal Kombat 9
- EMP | Perfect Legend
This event had made such an impact on the province that Today, the online newspaper that brings up only the most important and most exciting news to St.Maarten’s doorstep (er, e-doorstep?), had made articles following the instant success of the Video X Games since it kicked off last Friday.
St. Maarten – Caribserve’s Video X games (VxG) event kicked off on Thursday with gamers hailing from all over the world. President of the organization Jeff Oliver expressed his appreciation to all the sponsors during this kick off.
“St. Maarten is the ideal place for an event like this as we have so much to offer. We are looking forward to many more years of this event,” he stated.
It was a no brainer for many of the sponsors to jump aboard of this event. UTS and Fun Miles will have promotions and sign-ups for fun miles during this event.
Acting Head of the St. Maarten Tourism Bureau Gust Priest welcomed the gamers to the island. He also expressed that they got involved as they saw it as a way of bringing the world to St. Maarten. Some 100 gamers from around the world are here for the weekend event, which promises to become one of St. Maarten’s premiere events that will bring in people from all over the world yearly. -Today
Empire Arcadia was only one of three major fighting game factions to show their face at this event. Other American-made fighting game organizations include Complexity|Cross Counter (Mike Ross, Combofiend) our very own Dominion Method Gaming (Burnurbra, iPeru) as they competed for gaming brand supremacy during the final day of the Video X Games, of which they pitted their players against each other. Again, if you missed out on all the action, you can catch the archives right on Bifuteki’s TwitchTV Channel
And last but not least, Dominion Method Gaming announced that it would be lending a helping hand by sponsoring and supporting one of the Caribbean’s best players since most of them displayed a lot of promise and skill in their respective games. Crossover, who placed 2nd at the SSFIV:AE tournament, was chosen as our newly-sponsored player under a one-year contract! Let’s see how far this guy goes when he makes a large splash at a US major near you!