On the weekend of June 24 to 26, 2022, the largest Esports convention in Manitoba history will be held downtown at the Radisson Hotel. Manitoba Esports Association will present Activate Series X across the entire 11th floor of the hotel. This will be the first time the organization has been able to hold any in-person events since 2019. Throughout the pandemic, online tournaments were the only way to continue operation via Twitch broadcasting.
The Canadian Championship Series will feature two teams in the finals for Valorant. It will be broadcast on Twitch and later show on Shaw Spotlight. Online media sponsorship is from Access Winnipeg so be sure to check out their contest tickets.
There will be a gaming lounge as well as a table top game area. Red Bull has a featured lounge for those wanting a drink and to watch the championship.
As always with Manitoba’s big cultural festivals such as Comic Con and Aikon, the volunteers make it possible. Manitoba Esports Association is a non-profit and a lot of time and effort went into prepping for this after pandemic cancellations. Many festivals have reduced their size this year such as Folklorama because organizations are still recovering. In the case of Manitoba Esports Activate Series X, it will be the largest event they’ve ever done.
Kids under the age of 12 are free with a guardian so the hope is this will be a family friendly environment. Artists, collectible and toy vendors and charities will be among the many vendors selling in the marketplace.
Parking is free on the streets after 5:30 PM and all day Sunday. On major bus routes along Portage Avenue and loading zone out front for drop offs for Activate Series X.
Access Winnipeg, proud online media sponsor will have a draw for contest tickets. Tickets can also be bought online at manitobaesports.com as well as at the door for one day or three day passes.