The Tri-State is Invited to Dubuque Esports League Grand Opening
Dubuque Esports League (DEL), a nonprofit organization encouraging tweens, teens, and young adults to develop skills through hands-on and experiential learning, has announced its grand opening event and Farming Simulator 22 Bale Stacking Mode Competition.
“We are so excited to invite the community to come to DEL and see what esports is about. There is a lot of interest and questions about our esports program. We’ve found the best way to understand competitive gaming is to come and see it in person. We are meeting young people where they are and creating a community for them to grow and make new friends."
-Susie Quinn, co-founder of Dubuque Esports League
August 19th, the Tri-State community is invited to DEL’s Grand Opening event from 10am to 2pm, located at 3220 Dodge Street, Suite 109, in Dubuque. Highlights of the event include a ribbon cutting at 9:45am, tours of the facility, exploration of their esports programs, giveaways, a silent auction, and more!
Plus, visitors can participate in the DEL gaming experience by tracking their fastest time in the Farming Simulator 22 Bale Stacking Mode Competition and win their share of $500 and prizes! Kermit Ball with GIANTS Software, the makers of the popular Farming Simulator game, will also be at the event! Simply show up and get on the leaderboard during the grand opening to win! Entry to the competition is a free-will donation to support Dubuque's local youth esports programs, and all skill levels are welcome!
“This is the first event like this that GIANTS Software has been part of in the United States! We are eager to be part of the esports movement in the Midwest and support a nonprofit organization focused on using esports in such a positive way to impact young people’s lives. I wish we had something like this when I was a kid.”
-Kermit Ball, GIANTS Software
As you know, meeting tweens, teens, and young adults where they are is essential. With 95% of Gen Z playing video games in some capacity, DEL knows how important it is to create a platform. They are using this opportunity to develop an Esports program, and in turn create that platform from which they can interact and grow. Eventually, seeking to use this platform to provide opportunities for everyone to help develop their STEM-based skills, social & emotional attributes, and characteristics, all while discovering career pathways and enhancing skills needed to thrive in both work and life.
“Our organization is a hub for personal growth, innovation, and technology. We use esports as a tool to introduce participants to team building, leadership skills, STEM learning, and more. Already through our camps this summer, we’ve heard from campers and their parents about the positive impact they have seen in their son or daughter. This gives them a place to meet new people, make new friends, all while learning skills to help them in the future. We can’t wait for the community to come to our grand opening and discover esports! Also, to have the makers of Farming Simulator 22 here in Dubuque, IA helping us kick off this milestone is incredible! We are planting the seed for future large esports events that can bring people together from all over the Midwest, US, and world!”
-Shelby Wartick, co-founder of DEL.
Follow along on DEL's website, dbqesports.org, for more exciting details about their Grand Opening and on the Farming Simulator 22 Bale Stacking Mode Competition!