By Ms. Brittany Nelson (IMCOM)November 7, 2019
Twelve Soldiers are headed to Frisco, Texas, for a weekend of esports and a Dallas Cowboys football game after multiple Madden NFL 20 tournaments crowning winners were held worldwide.
On Oct. 26, a Madden tournament was held at Fort Hood in conjunction with online tournaments held at garrisons worldwide. A winner from each Installation Management Command directorate, the Fort Hood winner, four National Guardsmen and two Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers sweepstakes winners will be in Frisco, Texas, Nov. 8 to 10 for the weekend prize.
The Fort Hood tournament consisted of 16 active-duty BOSS Soldiers and 16 National Guard Soldiers. They played Madden in a bracket style tournament until the winner, Spc. Vonsha Chambers, was crowned.
"I think the winner was very proud of himself," said Staff Sgt. Adrian Mooney, Department of the Army BOSS representative. "He put in a lot of work and dedication and is ready to take it to the next step."
BOSS hosted the online tournaments that were happening in conjunction with the Fort Hood competition as well as a sweepstakes giveaway that awarded two Soldiers the esports and NFL weekend prize.
"BOSS is participating in esports because we see that the Soldiers want to be involved," said Mooney. "Esports helps build their mental resilience, agility and team building skills."
Madden professional gamer Drini Gjoka was at the Fort Hood tournament and did a meet and greet at The Exchange on post accompanied by the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders.
Complexity, an American esports organization, has partnered with Family Morale, Welfare and Recreation to bring professional esports gamers to tournaments like the one at Fort Hood and host the prize of the esports and NFL weekend.
The weekend in Frisco will be full of esports and football festivities because Complexity, and the Dallas Cowboys, are owned by Jerry Jones.
On Nov. 8, the Soldiers will be taken to Complexity headquarters in Frisco and learn how professional gamers train and prepare for competitions. The winning group will also tour the Baylor Scott Medical Facility and speak with physical trainers who work with the Dallas Cowboys.
Thanks to Complexity, about 150 Soldiers from Fort Hood and Fort Sill will be bused to Frisco for Saturday's events.
An esports expo will take place Saturday, and the 12 winners will play each other in a final tournament to crown a grand-prize winner. There will also be gaming stations set up for play, and Dallas Cowboys alumni are expected to join the festivities.
On Nov. 10 the group of 12 will attend the salute to service game where the Minnesota Vikings will play the Dallas Cowboys at the AT&T Stadium.
The 12 winners include Spc. Vonsha Chambers, the Fort Hood winner; Sgt. 1st Class Robert Williams from ID Sustainment; Staff Sgt. Charles Massey from ID Training; Lt. Robert Floeter from ID Readiness; Spc. Jacob Zydel from ID Pacific; Staff Sgt. Jessie Gomez from ID Europe; Spc. Terry Asihene and Pfc. Tyce Windle, BOSS sweepstakes winners; Sgt. 1st Class Wayne Gadson, Staff Sgt. Jason O'Brien, Staff Sgt. David Brownell and an additional participant all from the National Guard.
Watch the live stream at www.twitch.tv/armyentertainment on Nov.9 from 1:30-4:30 central