City to host video game tournament this Saturday

News release – City of Barrie

Relive the nostalgia of retro video games and go head-to-head in a video game tournament at the City of Barrie’s Game On! event.

The annual gaming event takes place Saturday, September 23 in partnership with the Barrie Public Library Comic Fest.

This year’s event features an all-ages Mario Kart tournament hosted by local company We Got Game taking place from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Downtown branch of the Barrie Public Library. Participants can check in on-site at the Game On! Booth during the Library’s Comic Fest.

Game On! After Dark is for ages 19+ and will be hosted from 6 – 10 p.m. at the Five Points Theatre.

The evening will feature Barrie’s Ultimate Gamer Tournament. Hosted by local YouTube channel RekAllTheThings, the top four competitors will face off for the chance to be named “Barrie’s Ultimate Gamer 2023”.

There will be a cosplay mixer, hosted by SnowHawk Cosplay, with featured cosplayers onsite, and the chance to be crowned “Barrie’s Ultimate Cosplayer 2023”. The winner of this year’s contest will receive a professional photo shoot, courtesy of Stephen Elliott Photography.

The evening event will also feature an escape room and retro gaming and board game lounge areas. Participants are invited to bring their own board games. Admission is free, and food and beverages will be available for purchase.

Game On! is generously supported by Power Up Gaming, Snowhawk Cosplay, RekAllTheThings and the following media partners: Rock 95, 107.5 Kool FM, Pure Country 106, BOUNCE 104.1 Radio, 93.1 Fresh Radio, 101.1 Big FM, CFRH and

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