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.

(credit: Mike Campbell/WWJ)

(credit: Mike Campbell/WWJ)

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.

(credit: Mike Campbell/WWJ)

(credit: Mike Campbell/WWJ)

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.

Spectator passes are available here and the tournament will also be streamed live.


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