Rare Drops to sponsor video game tournament

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Local video game store Rare Drops will have a video game tournament to support the National Hackers for Charity organization.

The tournament is Saturday at the store in downtown Huntington. The event begins at 3 p.m. and the gamers will be playing Mario Kart 8.

The Marshall University Hackers for Charity group is hosting the event at the store and all money collected through the tournament will be benefitting the National Hackers for Charity organization.

Typically, Rare Drops charges $3 to play games, but since this is for charity, the price is increased.

The cost for the tournament is $6 per gamer. One dollar will be given to Rare Drops and the rest will be donated.

The tournament will be played on a Wii-U and is double elimination.

Baxter Mallory, owner of Rare Drops, said the business is open to all different types of charity fundraising events and they help the company with advertising.

“Fundraising events allow us to reach out to people that may not have realized we were there as far as our business,” Mallory said.

Rare Drops will be donating prizes to the tournament for the winners.

Thus far, 23 people are signed up to go to the event. Mallory said this may not seem like a lot of money donated but when people get there, aside from the donation to join, most people will donate additional funds.

MUHFC will have a jar out for donations and talk to the guests and explain the charity tournament.

Senior graphic design major Jacqueline Gentner said she is looking forward to the tournament and supporting a good cause.

“Rare Drops is always open to hosting different tournaments for charity,” Gentner said. “Even if I’m not available to play, it is still nice to know that I can stop by and donate to support a good cause.”

The tournament will give students a break from exams and a chance to relieve stress and hang out with other gamers.

Anyone can sign up until the day of the tournament or go to the event page on Facebook and RSVP.

Rare Drops hosts several charity tournaments. Friday, there is a Black Butler Viewing Party and Maid Café Service hosted by the Marshall Anime Manga Association. Dec. 12 there will be a Pokemon tournament and Dec. 19 there will be a Christmas party.

Cadi Duplaga can be contacted at [email protected]

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