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HWBOT World Tour 2015 - North America - LanETS

by MAC     |     March 22, 2015




As you may or may not be aware, the North American stop of the HWBOT World Tour 2015 rolled into Montreal on March 6, 7 and 8. This overclocking competition took place during the huge LanETS event at the École de Technologie Supérieure (ETS) engineering school. With over 1,300 paid participants this is one of, if not the biggest Bring Your Own Computer (BYOC) LAN parties in North America.

The HWBOT World Series is a multi-part live overclocking competition hosted around the world at HWBOT World Tour events, with the first stage of the 2015 World Series taking place here in Montreal. The World Series competition was designed for attending overclockers to be able to do three days of non-stop overclocking with an unlimited supply of liquid nitrogen. The competition was designed as a three stage round, each stage featuring its own set of specific limitations.

Regrettably, due to overbooking of the main floor, the overclocking competition didn't actually happen on the gaming room floors, but we figured that it was still worthwhile to show you a few pictures of the what the LAN party itself looked like.


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It was pretty cool seeing over 1,300 unique computer setups. There was a really eclectic mix of modded cases, LCD monitors (even CRTs!), funky backlit keyboards, crazy headsets, and enough energy drinks to kill a horde of buffaloes.

On the gaming front, there were several noteworthy tournaments, like League of Legends 5v5, Counter Strike : GO 5v5, Starcraft 2 1v1, DOTA 2 5v5, Hearthstone 1v1, and a few console tournaments such as Ultra Street Fighter IV 1v1, Super Smash Bros Melee 1v1, and Super Smash Bros Project M 1v1. There was about $29,000 in total cash prizes for these official tournaments, so it's pretty serious business!



So having checked out the LanETS portion, it was time to follow some signs and find the HWBOT overclocking competition.
 
 
 

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