City Warns Residents: Invasion of Video Game Fans Wearing Full Battle Rattle

first published on August 19, 2019 by

An international video game competition in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, caused city officials and the media to warn residents to not fear large groups of military gear-wearing tourists.


The competition was a Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege major tournament and lasted throughout the weekend. Spectators, many of whom were wearing realistic looking military gear, uniforms, and replica weapons, travelled from over 40 states and several different countries to watch the action first-hand.

Repeated media releases tried neutralizing any chance of a panic ensuing by uninformed locals thinking they were being invaded by a ragtag militia. Yet, security was reportedly very stringent in and around the event to ensure that no actual weapons, or projectile firing nerf type guns for that matter, were allowed in the event.

The media instead told the locals to embrace the event as it was drumming up an estimated $750,000 to $1 million in revenue over the weekend.

The Rainbow Six: Siege major was won by the all-Russian “Team Empire.” The Russians upset team G2, who had won the Paris Major 2018 and several prior invitationals and finals, so it is kind of a big deal.

There have been no major reports of crime against residents or negative occurrences associated with the military gear-clad video game fans in Raleigh over the weekend. However, hotel-wide LAN parties likely throttled the local internet service providers to their breaking point.


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