Hudson Valley Gamer Con came to Albany on September 12, 2020.

You probably have more time than ever to play video games. After all, you can't go to concerts, big events, or large gatherings. The best thing to do right now is to stay home, where it's safe, and play some video games. One thing that just happened locally, and virtually, is the Hudson Valley Gamer Con.

On Saturday, September 12, the Hudson Valley Gamer Con was hosted by the Albany Capital Center, according to CBS 6 Albany. This was supposed to be an in-person event but due to COVID-19, it was held virtually. But for video games, that's no problem! A lot of games require online play as it is. Attending Gamer Con from the comfort of my own couch? Sign me up.

Hudson Valley Gamer Con 2020 had a Fortnite tourney and a Super Smash Bros Ultimate tourney that both had a cash prize of $1,000. In addition to gaming tournaments, there were live-streamed panels, according to CBS 6 Albany. Topics covered include playing ESports professionally and in school, the health and wellness of a gamer, and more.

Hudson Valley Gamer Con 2020 happened on the heels of Hudson Valley Community College announcing they had hired their first-ever ESports coach. Bob Stranahan was hired after already coaching ESports at a Capital Region high school. The Viking ESports program at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy will offer games like Fortnite, FIFA, Madden, Overwatch, and Super Smash.

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