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All-night gaming offers haven for teens

To keep more teenagers off Esquimalt streets late at night, two avid video game players are hosting an all-night gaming tournament.

"If you look around Esquimalt there's not too many places for teens to hang out," said Roman Gombar, Esquimalt resident and owner of Playnetone Cyber Centre.

That inspired Gombar and fellow gamer Dustin Cross to organize a 24-hour tournament for Saturday (June 11) at the store, which opened last December.

"I want to give something back and help the kids out a lot," said Cross, also an Esquimalt resident. "I found a way to keep kids off the street. If we can clean it up, why not?"

In addition to having fun, battling it out on computer screens and meeting new people, the event will feature cash and gift certificates for prizes, said Gombar.

The event is sponsored by the Victoria Gaming Association.

The tournament starts at 10 a.m. at Playnetone Cyber Centre, 941-b Esquimalt Rd. To pre-register or for more details, please call 250-590-8460, 250-380-3515 or visit