HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) – In Hastings Saturday, kids grabbed their controllers and headed to the community center for the Video Game Challenge. This year the game of choice was Fortnite. Kids formed teams of two to play each other to see who could get the highest score.

Hastings Parks and Rec hosted their 2nd annual Video Game Challenge to bring gamers together to compete. (KSNB)

This is the second year of the challenge and the Parks and Recreation Department said kids get really excited for it. They said it is a good way to get them out of the house and meet more people who play the games that they do.

“I knew this was super popular so I was like you know what we need to ride that wave and I think as it continues to get popular in society that we’ll just continue to grow,” Recreation Coordinator Landon Arnold said.

Arnold also said esports has been growing all over the world so he wants to introduce it more to Hastings. He hopes it can bring more people to Parks and Rec events and that this is one of their fastest growing programs.

“Sometimes it’s hard to start new programs and this one’s been relatively easy because we’re aiming at a demographic that is growing so rapidly, so we just hit it at the right time,” Arnold said.

The winners of Satruday’s tournament got a t-shirt and a giftcard to Gamestop. The students said they have their own strategies on how to win and have been practicing for days to get ready for the tournament.

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