Fragapalooza (Frag) 2014 was held at the Leduc Recreation Centre (LRC) last weekend. The event began on Thursday, August 7th and concluded on Sunday, August 10th with over 235 gamers from all over western Canada and one from Milan, Michigan in attendance. This event has become Canada's longest-running annual video game LAN festival.
Frag has been an annual event since 1996 and for the past five years has been held in Leduc’s LRC. It provided gamers of all ages an opportunity to come to a single site and compete with other gamers in a series of tournaments. The featured games this year were Battlefield 4 and StarCraft 2, Heart of the Swarm. If a gamer can find other gamers interested in another particular game, then a tournament is established for that game.
This year, one of the event’s sponsors, Guru Digital Arts College, announced that they would provide five $3,000 scholarships to its Video Game Design or 3D Animation programs. Successful applicants were asked to demonstrate their skill or merit in game creation or 3D Animation by submitting examples of their creative work.
Another sponsor, Extra Life Edmonton, has teamed up with Fragapalooza for charity! They are proud to be a part of this great drive for the Stollery Hospital and the Children's Miracle Network.
Extra Life is an international 24-hour video game marathon dedicated to raising money for local children's hospitals. In Edmonton, a passionate group of over 100 gamers raise funds for kids at the Stollery Children's Hospital. They raised over $45,000 in 2013 with the help of the Frag community. They are aiming to top $50,000 in 2014.
This year's Extra Life marathon will be held on October 25, 2014 anywhere you like to game (Most people play from home!) complete with video game tournaments, fun prizes, and a social atmosphere, very much the same as Fragapalooza has been doing for years.
Pictured: Some of the over 200 Gamers at Fragapalooza. Photo by Tom Dirsa