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EA hosting football videogame tournaments at UF

Electronic Arts, one of the largest international videogame publishers, will be holding “Madden NFL 11” or “NCAA Football 11” tournaments at every home Gator football game for the rest of the 2010-2011 season. The first of the season was a “Madden” tournament, which was held Sept. 11 before the University of Florida took down the University of South Florida in “The Swamp.”

Philip Asher, a senior at UF and one of EA’s campus representatives, said there were around 40 people at the booth on Saturday to play videogames, 12 of whom competed in the tournament.

Five of the competitors were from USF, but the top player was Kevin Dahdah, one of the seven UF students who were vying for the first-place prize, a brand new copy of “NCAA Football 11.” Asher said seeing the competition between these students is one of his favorite parts of the tournaments.

“They’re just as animated and as excited, if not more, as when they watch the actual football game,” Asher said.

The next home-game tournament will be held on Sept. 25 before the game against the University of Kentucky. The tournament will start at 4 p.m. in front of Gate 2 of the O’Connell Center and will feature “NCAA” instead of “Madden.”

Players who don’t want to come out to home games can also get in on the competition throughout the season at Madden Mondays starting Sept. 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the Orange & Brew. There will be a 16-man tournament at each of these events as well as a three-man match at the end with teams competing from campuses across the U.S.

The first-place prize at the first Madden Monday will be a copy of the videogame and a spot on the three-man team.

Anyone interested in EA’s upcoming campus events can visit EA’s UF Facebook page.

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