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eSports Tournament to Return to North Carolina in January 2017

The Carolinas will soon see the return of competitive gaming with Gamer Salute, the annual community eSports event comprised of students from North Carolina and South Carolina universities.

In 2017, this annual event will be January 14-15 at North Carolina University in Raleigh. The event will cost nothing for attendees but will offer them the chance to donate to charities online or at show booths. Specifically, the charities to benefit from the event will be Operation Supply Drop (assists veterans and active-duty military) and Extra Life (supports children with serious or terminal illnesses). At Gamer Salute, expect to see a range of gaming goodness, including eSports tournaments, arcade and tabletop areas, themed musical performances, and gaming panels.

On the subject of eSports, The Clash of the Carolinas, one of the largest competitive gaming events, will be hosted as part of Gamers Salute. Some of the best and boldest players from North Carolina and South Carolina universities — including the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, North Carolina State University, Appalachian State University, Western Carolina University, East Carolina University, Elon University, Duke University, Durham Technical Community College, the University of South Carolina, Clemson University and Wake Forest University. These players will match wits and reflexes with each other in five tournaments featuring “Counter-Strike: Global Offensive,” “Hearthstone,” “League of Legends,” “Overwatch” and “Super Smash Bros. Melee.”

“Gamers Salute and Clash of the Carolinas unite students and fans of some of the greatest North and South Carolina universities with gamers from all walks of life. Now in its second year, our rapidly growing event offers a jam-packed weekend of fun and entertainment, while also raising awareness for two fantastic charities — Operation Supply Drop and Extra Life — that use the power of video games for great good.”

— Ross Ledford, Gamers Salute and Clash of the Carolinas founder, in a press release

The event is hosted by Carolina Collegiate eSports Committee, which is a group of gaming coordinators from various collegiate schools across the Carolinas. CCEC is made up of over 16 different university clubs that have taken the initiative to put college spirit aside and organize a fun community gaming event.

Gamers Salute is slated to begin January 14, 2017, at 10 a.m. EST at NCSU’s Talley Student Union center at 2610 Cates Ave., Raleigh, NC 27606. For more info about Gamer Salute or to learn how to participate, exhibit or donate, visit


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