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Tourney result of Halo effect

April E. Clark

A Silt teenager’s passion for video games could be his to ticket to a college education.”I’m not like a crazy gamer – I’m a casual gamer,” said Chris Hudson, organizer of the Halo 2 video game tournament at the Glenwood Springs Mall. “My dad calls it a hobby, but I want to make it a business.”To help pay for tuition, the 17-year-old pitched the idea for the four-person team competition to mall manager Sonia Davis, who was impressed with his initiative. The tournament will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday and noon Sunday at the mall.”It’s awesome that the tournament helps raise money for his college tuition and is for the kids,” said Michele Wurtsmith, who coordinates marketing for the mall. “There’s not a lot for kids to do around here.”Hudson said he would like to plan more tournaments in other cities, including Grand Junction and Denver.”This thing can make money and it’s fun, too,” he said. “I call us cyber athletes. I think gaming is going to be huge. Tournaments can be as competitive as football.”When not planning future events, Hudson participates in Halo 2 tournaments in Parachute and Grand Junction with friend and teammate, Brett Hileman. Halo 2, rated M for mature, is the multiplayer Xbox sequel to Halo: Combat Evolved that pits a Marine “super-soldier” against evildoers out to end the world.”The Halo 1 tournament held at Wal-Mart inspired me because they had 15 or 16 teams,” Hudson said. “If there was that much response to Halo 1, a Halo 2 tournament could work.”The young entrepreneur has enlisted help from his father, who works in the concrete business, to learn more about profitable enterprises.”We sat down at dinner one night and he said, ‘I’ll help you,'” said Hudson, who wants to study computer engineering in college. “My dad and I stay up until two in the morning planning and talking about any problems that could come up.”Hudson said at least 10 teams will need to enter for the two-day tournament to be successful. Wurtsmith anticipates hosting 20 teams in the mall’s center court, along with many spectators. Winning teams receive Pocket Rocket minibikes for first place, remote-control cars for second, and Skechers shoes for third prize.Contact April E. Clark: 945-8515, ext. 518aclark@postindependent.com


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