Gamers gather in Santurce for electronic gaming tourney
More than 350 gamers converged in Santurce this past Saturday to participate in the “Optico Fiber Gaming — No Lag Allowed” tournament. The event, organized by Electronic Sports Puerto Rico, was held at the Telegrafo building at the hart of the sector’s Digital Corridor.
The eight-hour event featured organized competitions in “Hearthstone,” “League of Legends,” “Ultra Street Fighter 4,” and “Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom,” as well as free play sessions.
Electronic sports is a growing industry, which mimics the structure of traditional sports, capturing its essence and molding it into competitive gaming as an spectator sport. E-Sports PR’s goal is to convert Puerto Rico into a world-recognized central hub of competitive gaming in Latin America.
“I am extremely satisfied with the amazing support of the hundreds of participants and staff for this event,” said Maricarmen Vargas, president of E-Sports PR. “As an organizer, I could feel the enthusiasm of the public, so much that many approached me showing their eagerness of when the next activity would be. Not only was this an event that catered to the competitive gamer who went to show off his or her skills, but also to the parents of the gamers who went to proudly support them.”
The event, sponsored by the Digital Corridor and Critical Hub Networks, showcased Optico Fiber, Puerto Rico’s first gigabit fiber-to-the-home Internet service. Optico Fiber is available for residential customers, and offers upload and download speeds of up to 1 Gbps, that is equal to 1,000 Mbps with unlimited data transfer.
“These gamers were amazed with the stability of the Optico service, which did not have lag spikes, meaning it was consistent, which distinguishes Optico Fiber the most in the eyes of gamers from all other Internet providers,” Vargas said. “It was also pretty impressive that we also had two high quality live video streams running through the duration the event with around 100 people watching from their homes.”
Optico Fiber is available in communities (also known as “fiberhoods”) that meet minimum signup goals. San Juan’s Ocean Park, Santa Teresita and Punta Las Marias were the first “fiberhoods” to meet their signup goals last month, and the service is in deployment. All open “fiberhoods” are listed on www.opticofiber.com
“Our initial deployment of Optico Fiber is in the San Juan area,” said Carlo Marazzi, president of Critical Hub Networks. “However, we plan to deploy Optico Fiber in as many locations across Puerto Rico as possible. We are opening new ‘fiberhoods’ based on the feedback we receive.”
Where we are seeing organized masses of residents in a community requesting Optico Fiber, that is where we are deploying our engineers and commencing the planning,” he said.