TenGIG's inaugural esports festival will take place Friday-Sunday, Oct. 6-8, in events around downtown Chattanooga.
Launched in partnership with EPB Fiber Optics of Chattanooga, VaynerMedia and Next Generation Esports, TenGIG is expected to bring thousands of participants to play and stream the biggest games in esports on EPB's communitywide fiber network.
TenGIG is a new style of gaming festival — combining electronic sports, innovation, music and food — that allows attendees to enjoy events across downtown. EPB is powering every venue so attendees can stream content across their social networks with stability and clarity, say officials.
Games take the main stage, with NGE producing the weekend's competition. TenGIG will host a League of Legends Southeastern Collegiate Invitational, bringing in hundreds of regional collegiate League of Legends players to compete.
Also, TenGIG will host a 24-hour/day Playerunknown's Battlegrounds open play, streaming 100 feeds simultaneously. The 100-person battle-royale survival game, developed by Bluehole, has become one of the biggest games in the country, clocking millions of downloads since its launch in March.
In another first, four Killer Queen arcade cabinets will be located throughout the city. According to a news release, the 5v5 arcade strategy game is the most exclusive arcade game in the world with only 28 cabinets in existence across the globe.
Panels and activations curated by VaynerExperience (VaynerMedia's new live events division) will allow attendees to interact and engage with the titans of the tech and gaming worlds as panelists discuss breaking into the industry and more.
"With both top tech talent and innovative ideas flowing through Chattanooga, VaynerMedia is proud to spearhead the innovation track for the TenGIG festival," said Mickey Cloud, senior vice president and head of VaynerMedia's Chattanooga office.
Events open with a kickoff concert Friday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m. in First Tennessee Pavilion. Grammy Award-nominated, platinum-certified electronic dance music innovator The Crystal Method, aka Scott Kirkland, will perform.
Killer Queen will be played Friday and Saturday nights at four bars. People can sign up with teams and play throughout the night in a city pub crawl. Teams earn points for victories for a chance to play live onstage in the Sunday night finals.
Games start Saturday at 10 a.m. in Memorial Auditorium. Three panels will be held in the Edney Innovation Center on Saturday at noon, 2 and 4 p.m. Saturday's schedule concludes with the pub crawl at 7:30 p.m.
Games continue Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Memorial Auditorium, and the Killer Queen finals will be held from 8 to 11 p.m. Sunday. Top prize to the winning Killer Queen team in Sunday's finals is $2,500.
TenGIG tickets are priced at $99 and available online at www.tengig festival.com