Students competing at GamerFest 2016. Photo Credit: Cassia Pollock
Students competing at GamerFest 2016. Photo Credit: Cassia Pollock

The 11th anniversary of GameFest at UCSD presents a festival for gamers who compete and collaborate over tournaments, arcade machines, game design, clubs and development panels.

Hosted by UCSD’s Technology Committee from Sixth College, the free festival offers students an opportunity to experience a wide range of gaming genres and tournaments from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m on Friday through Sunday, Feb. 12-13. According to the event organizers, it’s one of the biggest student-run gaming festivals in California.

The game development studio (GDS), a group of game designers at UCSD, are showing off some their recently developed games. GDS is currently working on a game known as Dr. Eric Psychedelic Wonderland which involves using a squid to launch a rainbow flower through space.

GamerFest creates a breadth of opportunities for players to compete in different games. One of their games known as Hearthstone allows players to pit different creatures against each other in a fast-paced, virtual card game. Other competitions included Counter Strike: Global Offensive, Gears of War, Halo 5: Guardians, Marvel vs. Capcom, Ultra Street Fighter IV, osu!, Pokemon 3DS, Super Smash Bros. 3DS, Settlers of Catan, League of Legends, Super Smash Bros. Melee and Rocket League.

A “Women in Game Development” Panel was hosted at The Loft from 3 to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Their message was to encourage discussions about how women experience entering the gaming world. Speakers included Jennifer Chan from Daybreak Games, Caryn Cook from Bartlet Jones Supernatural Detective Agency, Sarah Guthals from ThoughtSTEM, Tess Young from Indie Developer and Valerie Wong from Blizzard Entertainment.

One booth featured a lineup of San Diego Indie Games ranging from Cards and Castles by BitMass, Shmadow by Extrokold Games, Tooth & Tail by Pocketwatch Games, Tactera by E McNeil and Bombernauts by Eyebrow Interactive.

Twitch, one of the world’s leading social video platforms for gamers, challenged couples to duel on a romantic double date. Two sets of couples would battle each other in their 2v2 League of Legends Tournament. Winners received a goodie bag of Twitch merchandise.