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At Home App connecting gamers online

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As a result of social distancing, Esports facilities have turned to alternative methods in order to stay connected.

Seats which are normally packed with gamers are empty all due to Covid-19.

PlayNormal Esports decided to come up with a new way in order to unite players here in the Heart of Illinois.

"We wanted to be able to still be in connection with our gamers that come to our facility. Being closed down since March, what better way to reach to try to reach them at home."

As the saying goes, there's an app for that.

Two companies ggCircuit and Super League Gaming got together and released a new program appropriately titled "At Home".

"And what a gamer can do is download a client, basically a little piece that sits behind a computer. They play certain games and if they play these six different games then that tracking from how well they play goes into a bracket."

Players and facilities are ranked based on performance with cash prizes up for grabs on a weekly basis.

PlayNormal subscribed to their service doing beta testing, but unfortunately there were a few errors along the way.

"There's been some tweaks here and there, we've had some centers across the nation that we found cheating. We've try to do this on an honor system right. The app itself is doing well. Any little bugs we found over thru the last two weeks, those are being corrected."

The company says while the At Home app is great for off premise capabilities during the Stay At Home order, the goal is to have individuals back inside the facility.

"Hopefully in a month or two months we'll still be valuable as a destination spot where they can come and entertain and have fun. Actually to connect and game with the people that still play those games."

The app is free to download and there's no charge to signup.

Anyone can join to become part of the gaming experience.

Donnie Tillman

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