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Lan ETS back home for its 20th anniversary

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Created in 2002 on the initiative of three university students who are fans of network games and information technologies (IT), the Lan ETS is above all a video game competition, one of the largest in its category in America. North.

lan refers to a local network (Local area network) in which several computers are connected together and therefore in close proximity. This game option was practical at the time when the Internet connection was more expensive and was still not very present in homes.

About a thousand people compete for prizes of tens of thousands of dollars in cash, which are given to people who manage to reach the top step of the podium.

Among the titles in competition in the past, we count Fortnite, League of Legends, call of duty, Dota 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Super Smash Bros. Melee and Rainbow Six Siege.

A large dark room in which we can see about fifty computer screens lined up in rows.

Some of the 1500 computer screens installed at Place Bonaventure in Montreal, as part of Lan ETS in 2017

Photo: /TurnedNews.com / Maxence Matteau

The very first event was held at ÉTS itself, as were the following ones, until 2015. It was then that the competition moved to Place Bonaventure, due to lack of space. Since 2019, the video game meeting takes place at the Palais des Congrès. But to mark its 20th anniversary, the organization is back in the fold.

What could be better than going back to where it all began and bringing back wonderful memories to people who have been coming to Lan ETS for years. »

A quote from Carl Cordova, executive member of Lan ETS

It is a meeting point for several groups of friends, teams and video game enthusiastshe adds.

In recent years, the event has also become an opportunity to hold costume contests (cosplay) and concerts on the theme of video games.

On the preliminary program: activities, animation, competition and people passionate about video games. Novices can expect a spirit of camaraderie, fun, but also competitionsays Carl Cordova.

rekindle the flame

For Carl Cordova, the face-to-face format was not an option this year, even if the virtual event of 2021 was a great success. In particular, he believes that holding this meeting in person will rekindle the flame of the community of players in Quebec.

There is an unparalleled respect that exists between the players and the visitors, and it is really the face-to-face aspect of the event that puts it forward. »

A quote from Carl Cordova

Changes still had to be made in the organization of the room, in order to comply with health standards related to the COVID-19 pandemic. But Carl Cordova insists that this should not influence the unique atmosphere that reigns at Lan ETS.

A young woman smiles while playing a video game on the computer, while people watch her from the back.

Stephanie Harvey, five-time world champion in “Counter Strike: Global Offensive”, faced visitors to the Lan ETS in 2017

Photo: /TurnedNews.com / Maxence Matteau

Although the Lan ETS is largely frequented by the local population, it also attracts people from abroad. They will be welcome this year, both in the public and to participate in the competition.

The organization has already made its selection of games and participants for 2022, but will not reveal its choices until a few days before the ticket office opens on March 3.

The Lan ETS event will be held from May 13 to 15 and will be broadcast on Twitch.

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