DETROIT (WWJ) — Players from all over the world are in town for the Red Bull Battle Grounds 2014 StarCraft II “e-Sports” tournament through Sunday at the Garden Theatre in Detroit.
128 gamers will battle each other this weekend for a chance to win $8,000, while spectators also file in to witness the action, including 17-year-old James Donhiser.
“I just play for fun and I really enjoy the professional gaming scene so I came to watch,” Donhiser said. “It should be a good time.”
Donhizer, from Rapid City, Iowa, is on the lower end of the age spectrum among the early crowd. His mom, Kathy — dubbed a “super-mom” for bringing her son — said she is also looking forward to it.
“It’s going to be fun and it’s going to be fun watching him have fun,” Donhiser said.
Detroit joins Atlanta as one of the preliminary locations in the Red Bull Battle Grounds 2014 StarCraft II tournament.
The stakes are high with a $25,000 prize pool. Any player making it to the top 32 will get a share.
The five top players from the events in Detroit and Atlanta will go to the Grand Final in Washington, D.C. First place takes home $8,000 and paid travel to D.C.