Make room, Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy, library golfers are moving in.
The Vancouver Island Regional Library is partnering with Lazarus Esports to offer a first-of-its-kind North American competitive esports golf showdown.
Anyone with a VIRL library card can enter, free of charge, for a chance to win cash and prizes. Some players will even have their play live-streamed to a global audience during the #VIRLShowdown.
There’s method in what sounds like madness for a library: it will help VIRL expand into new markets and attract new audiences across its 39 branches.
“Libraries have a reputation for being at the forefront of change and disruption,” said Jason Kuffler, VIRL’s sales and marketing officer. “With our push into esports, VIRL is tapping into a growing network of players, platforms, and potential new library fans.”
#VIRLShowdown registration is open on a first-come, first-served basis. The event is free to participate in and open to all ages. All registrants must have a VIRL library card to play.
Play gets underway on March 27, with qualifying rounds lasting until April 4.
Digital athletes will participate in PGA TOUR 2K21 for PlayStation 4 and play four qualifying rounds on the TPC Scottsdale course. Those with the top four combined fewest strokes will qualify for the live-streamed #VIRLShowdown on April 11, hosted by The Gaming Stadium.
“It is vital we provide services that are relevant and meaningful to our communities. The #VIRLShowdown will allow more people to take part and experience the thrill of competitive gaming — I believe we are ushering in a new era of engagement and connection for our library system,” Rosemary Bonanno, VIRL’s executive director, said.
For more information, please go online to virl.bc.ca/esportsshowdown/.