SBHS Introduces VOLT Gaming!

By Dyan Bomer on May 16, 2015 at 01:02 PM in Press Releases
Santa Barbara's FIRST GAMING TOURNAMENT!
First round-intense! Goes to DP!
Santa Barbara's FIRST GAMING TOURNAMENT!
Dos Pueblos representing!
Santa Barbara's FIRST GAMING TOURNAMENT!
Josh and Max very proud of their tournament!
Santa Barbara's FIRST GAMING TOURNAMENT!
Lights out. Game time!
Santa Barbara's FIRST GAMING TOURNAMENT!
Game Time!

On May 16, 2015 the first ever gaming tournament in Santa Barbara County was hosted at the Dons Net Cafe, School of Business.  Cross town rivals from the same program (Virtual Enterprise International) worked together to make the event a huge success!  Volt Gaming is the newest venture developed by student gamers for student gamers who are passionate about gaming. 

It is widely accepted that people who are passionate about what they do become the most successful in business.  This being stated, we are sure to become a big success.  In addition, we will be first in the gaming market in Santa Barbara County to offer gaming tournaments of any kind. Let the games begin!

The gaming industry is a 93 billion dollar world-wide money maker estimated to reach $111 billion by the end of this year![i]  We will tap into this revenue stream by hosting gaming tournaments that have become wildly popular over the past five years. Gamers, the name for people who play video games, have a potential median salary of $130,000, 127% higher than what the average college graduate will receive. There are even scholarhips at major college for gamers now!

We currently host free gaming sessions every Tuesday and Friday during lunch in Room 70 at Santa Barbara High School.  After showing just one video commercial on our school’s weekly bulletin and hanging posters, we were packed! We also created the requested parent permission form with the approval of school administration for parents to sign that included gaming rules of good behavior.

Every month after school or on the weekend; we will continue to host a tournament for students to compete against each other to prove who is more skilled. To gamers, this is the biggest prize.  We will charge $5 admission for players and $1 for viewers.  The prize will be a large trophy that will be displayed at whichever campus wins (see pic of Josh and Max) and gaming T-Shirts for the winning team.  In addition, we will sell gaming CS:GO (Counter Strike:Global Offensive) T-Shirts

We will seek revenue/grants from local businesses and youth agencies that will be eager to invest in after school activities that keep kids out of trouble.  We will pay them back by giving them free advertising on all of our advertising outlets.

There is also a huge opportunity to gain sponsorship from the gaming industry itself.  We are their target market and they will be very interested to hear what we are doing!

Special thanks to Rich Block, Dos Pueblos parent for pictures!

Santa Barbara's FIRST GAMING TOURNAMENT!  First round-intense! Goes to DP!

[i] Gartner, Inc. www.gartner.com/newsroom/id/2614915

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