Triton Gaming is an Award-Winning student collegiate organization established in 2014. It’s an even run by the Undergraduate students at UCSD. Originally founded by a group of League of Legends fans and gamers, it became a wider network with the Video Game Development Club.
The organization eventually had their first ever Triton Gaming Expo which took place last year hosting multi-billion dollar sponsors, panels, raffles, prizing, cosplay stars, media coverage, and famous gaming artists. Over 2,000 members and students attended and they are now the largest TESPA chapters in the entire world.
The event took over UCSD’s East and West Ballroom. During the two days, they had tournaments for Super Smash Bros Melee and 4, Hearthstone, Overwatch, Counterstrike, DOTA 2, Starcraft, as well as booths for game developers and panels. Companies and businesses like Twitch, iBUYPOWER, Gigabyte, Roccat, MSI, Crunchyroll, and Redbull helped to sponsor and provided prizes for the event. Even the voice actors from Blizzard’s Overwatch Zenyatta (Feodor Chin) and Roadhog (Josh Petersdorf) were there for the Voice Acting panel on Saturday.
We go to talk to Abby Sherlock, the Co-Social Media Manager and Marketing Assistant for Triton Gaming about the event.
“Triton Gaming is a club built to be an inclusive home for those who feel left out or like they don’t fit it. Where you can make friends with similar interests and form lasting connections while having fun. Our motto is ‘Work hard, Play Harder”‘meaning that we work hard and I mean really hard doing all the event planning that goes into massive large scale events such as TGEX but while we’re making this kind of events it’s meant to be fun and remind us of why we got into video games in the first place and the real payoff is bringing that kind of joy to our other students and peers at UCSD.”
“As a female gamer (and a blonde sorority girl at that) I never felt more welcomed than when I joined Triton Gaming. Discrimination and sexism are ideologies that are sadly usually strong in gaming hubs but TG strives to make all feel included and at home at all of our events. Even if we don’t want to go into the gaming industry after college (we have Officers who are majoring in Pre-Med, Theatre, Art, Aerospace Engineering, Literature and much more) we still want to enjoy games and share that love with others.”
There were raffles throughout the day for thousands of collectibles, apparel, computer parts that every PC gamers would die for. All the success of the event was mainly due to their connections with former Triton Gaming Officers who now work at Blizzard, Riot, TESPA, and Daybreak Games.