The dust is finally starting to settle after the rumblings of this past weekend’s Red Bull LAN event at Full Sail University. For three days, some of the world’s top StarCraft II and Halo: Reach e-Sports athletes convened in the Full Sail Live Venue for an invitation-only performance camp designed to prepare them for professional gaming competitions throughout the 2012 season.
Nearly 2.5 million fans tuned in each night across four live streams to watch 18 hours of play, witnessing the successes and upsets, the trials and triumphs as they happened, like the insane free-for-all match on the last day, which ended with Joseph “Tizoxic” Campbell, Paul “Snakebite” Duarte and Matthew “Royal 2” Fiorante on top. Kicking off strong, as of day one, #RBLAN was trending on Twitter, as spectators around the world participated in the event with their comments and questions for the athletes displayed above the central stage.
We were also graced by Red Bull Gaming event commentators Sean “Day” Plott, Dave “Walshy” Walsh, and Marcus “djWHEAT” Wheat. Walshy and gamer Mike “Flamesword” Chaves also visited our Blackmoor Studios to meet students and play some of their games. Walshy also had the honor of awarding a $10,000 scholarship in his name to a deserving – and ecstatic – student. The two guests left their mark by signing the glass wall of one of the Blackmoor rooms.
Check out our gallery to see highlights from the Red Bull LAN.