Video video games and weed each simply received critical. Gamers now have a terrific purpose to get off the sofa and right into a proposed Los Angeles area devoted area with a league created particularly for weed people who smoke.
Zeus Tipado, CEO and founding father of the Stoned Gamer League (SGL), melds marijuana with video video games to create a protected haven for players to play competitively towards each other with out being penalized — however relatively rewarded — for being excessive. He has plans to open a 30,000-square-foot venue in downtown Los Angeles in October 2018. It will function equally to a personal membership and host all SGL occasions and tournaments.
It’s with particular appreciation for Tipado that we observe that National Video Games Day is noticed yearly on September 12 by players all over the place. In a survey carried out by National Today, an internet site that chronicles days dedicated to a meals, an motion, or an occasion, a majority of Americans use Playstation and Xbox over Nintendo but “Super Mario” was voted as the perfect recreation franchise. Sixty-six % of the survey individuals play cellular video games once they’re bored.
Like hashish, enjoying video video games has been marred by assumptions that its individuals are lazy and unintelligent, however, additionally like hashish, research have discovered in any other case. The American Psychology Association revealed a research, “The Benefits of Playing Video Games,” in January 2014 that discovered that video video games can enhance cognitive expertise corresponding to navigation, reasoning, reminiscence, notion, problem-solving, and even hold the thoughts sharp.
The Stoned Gamer League
The SGL hosts worldwide e-sports tournaments that mix hashish and competitors. The concept took off in October 2015 in San Bernardino, California, the place the SGL held its first-ever stoned gaming occasion on the XO Gold Cup, a hashish cup hosted by Caviar Gold. The SGL hosted a second gaming occasion at The Blazer’s Cup, additionally in 2015. The started to carry tournaments beginning on April 20, 2016.
Today, the SGL is now in its third season.
Players can take part as a staff or as people on PC, PlayStation four, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One. The event video games function the newest sports activities video games akin to “Madden ’19,” “NBA 2K19,” “NHL ’19,” “UFC 3,” “Overwatch,” “Rocket League,” and “Battlefield” video games. SGL gamers also can throw digital jabs and roundhouse kick opponents in preventing video games resembling “Injustice” and “Street Fighter III: Third Strike.”
To take part within the SGL, gamers should go to the SGL web site and create an account. After they obtain an e-mail with a affirmation hyperlink, gamers can log into their accounts and begin accumulating factors to succeed in totally different ranges of play, full challenges, compete towards each other, and monitor their pals’ exercise. Registered gamers can pre-register for groups, turn into eligible to attend occasions, and play in qualifying tournaments to advance and construct up their SGL profile with factors. Streaming event occasions reside by way of Twitch will even increase gamers’ account profile.
To attend an occasion, gamers pay $10 for common admission and $30 for a backstage VIP entry that features a weed field crammed with merchandise from SGL sponsors. Frequent occasion goers can subscribe for a $60 month-to-month move that permits them to attend 10 occasions, complemented with a particular present field from SGL sponsors. SGL has gamers worldwide with domains from nations together with Canada, Denmark, and South Africa.
A New Meaning to ‘High Score’
In order to take part in an SGL event, on-line gamers are required to carry out and ship in proof of elevation (POE). This three-part course of includes:
- Choosing your materials: bongs or dabs.
- Ingestion and holding — gamers should maintain their hit for a minimum of 5 seconds. Coughing previous 5 seconds is allowed.
After the world is constructed, gamers even have the chance to earn bonus factors by growing their hits. Teams can earn as much as two bonus factors for every participant who clears a Level 1 (zero.25 gram dab or a half-gram bong rip). Players who take a Level 2 hit can earn 10 factors for his or her group in the event that they end a half-gram dab or full-gram bong rip. Individuals with lungs of metal can earn 30 factors in the event that they move Level three and clear a full-gram dab or 2-gram bong rip.
But there’s a catch: Players solely earn bonus factors if their group wins. The rule forces groups to strategize how a lot they need to danger impacting their efficiency towards incomes probably the most factors potential. SGL gamers can even rank larger amongst on-line friends by incomes extra factors and adorning their on-line profiles with medals.
In California, adults can present as much as 1 ounce, or 28.35 grams, of dried hashish or eight grams of focus to a different grownup 21 or older. During tournaments, gamers can be smoking wax and flower offered by SGL sponsors. This can also be to manage consumption within the area, and to make sure gamers are consuming merchandise with the identical efficiency.
SGL additionally hosts nights referred to as Bongnite to attach buds with buds, in addition to the favored shooter or constructing video games. The subsequent Bongnite is Oct. 5, 2018, for squads to compete on PC, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One; and duos on Nov. 2, 2018, for PlayStation four gamers. Upcoming event dates could be discovered on the season schedule.
Photos are courtesy of Stoned Gamer League.