TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI)- To some the weather outside was frightful Saturday morning but it didn't stop people like Nathan Rice from showing up to the Indiana Theater.
"I'm not really a top competitor. I usually don't make it to the final round but I just enjoy the game. I made some friends and I just enjoy seeing them," said Rice.
He participated in the Winter Theater Gaming Competition. Players from the Wabash Valley and out of the state came to participate.
They are just a fraction of people worldwide getting involved in E-Sports. That stands for Electronic sports or competitive video gaming.
eBash in Terre Haute put on the event. They have been around since 2004 putting on events like these.
Dustin Dudley is the Event Coordinator for eBash. He says what started out smaller has now grown into multiple events a year.
"A lot of this stuff was kinda hard to have access to at home. We were actually doing one at least once a month. Nowadays, this month alone we probably have about three going every weekend that we're running," said Dudley.
What makes this event so special is not only the number of people participating but the cause they are working for. The event itself is helping raise money for the Salvation Army who is still in need of donations for the holidays.
"It’s one of the nice things too that we can bring in people to compete here but also crowdfund to be able to help out those in need," said Dudley.
Though some people may not fully understand this growing past time these gamers hope others will appreciate their efforts to help those in need as well.
"Hopefully this just gives people an idea about this is the real thing and hopefully this will encourage people to come out and compete in whatever E-sport they want to be good in," said Rice.
The event took place from 9 in the morning to 9 in the evening. It was also open to the public. Some of the events are being streamed online. You can see check out these streams here if the event is still going on.
-Main Stream - Twitch.tv/PushBlockGaming
-Side Stream - Twitch.tv/PBLKgaming
-eBash Channel - Twitch.tv/eBash
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