CANEX Gaming Series returns, prizes galore

CANEX Gaming Series returns, prizes galore

Two of the five member team that won the CANEX Championship Gaming Series last year, Cpl Jeff Johnson and CPl Michael Ryer were presented with the trophy and first place prizes by Commodore Sean Cantelon, Director General Morale and Welfare Services; Captain(N) Chris Sutherland, Base Commander, CFB Halifax; Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services, CWO Guy Pelleteir; and Larry Mohr, Senior VP of Commercial Services (CANEX and SISIP Financial), at the opening ceremony for the new CANEX and SISIP office at CFB Halifax Oct. 16, 2016. Team members not present were Jonathan Pulsifier, MCpl Terry Stafford and Cpl Mitch Talbot who helped take the first place title in the first ever CANEX gaming series.

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~

Canada’s military store is once again offering video gamers a chance to compete for $7,000 in prizes when the CANEX Championship Gaming Series (CCGS) returns next month.

The 2nd Annual CCGS launches on the Twitch Game Platform Aug. 18 to 20, with this year’s competition featuring six-player teams matching their gaming skills in the popular online combat-based action video game Overwatch®.

Vivian Ngai, Segment Marketing Manager for CANEX, a Division of the Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services (CFMWS), says they and their corporate sponsors are excited about the return of the gaming contest following the success of last year’s inaugural launch.

Last year featured the video game Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and Ngai says it wasn’t just the game action itself, but also the interaction between players and spectators that created a social media buzz.

“We had an overwhelming response last year with participation numbers of over 4,000 users and viewers either playing, watching the action on Twitch, or participating in our CCGS live event contests on the CANEX Facebook page,” says Ngai. “Our target audience are gamers from the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and the defence community and we’re confident that we can build on last year’s popularity.”

Last year’s winning five-member team ‘Five Guys and Fries’ included Cpl Jeff Johnson and Cpl Michael Ryer, both from Base Logistics, CFB Halifax. They were on hand at their local CANEX store Oct. 26, 2016, to collect their team’s prizes and have the team’s name engraved on the CCGS Trophy.

Ngai says the gauntlet has now been thrown down to this year’s competitors.

Team size will increase by one member, and players will compete in one of Blizzard Entertainment’s highly popular creations, Overwatch®, which was named Game of the Year by The Game Awards, D.I.C.E. Awards and the Game Developers Choice Awards.

Overwatch® is available on Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, and requires players on the team to work together, to secure and defend control points on a map in a limited amount of time.

First and second place teams will receive prize packages from the official sponsors including a selection of popular gaming accessories from gold sponsor MSI. Prizes will also be awarded for Players Lucky Draw and Viewers Draw categories with multiple prizes including MSI Hard Shell Gaming Backpacks, ASUS Gaming Laptop, Acer Predator Gaming Monitor and more from sponsors NVIDIA and Cougar.

Ngai says the promotion encourages friendly competition and social media interaction among participants and viewers in the CAF community.

The contest helps raise awareness in the military community that their gaming needs can be found at CANEX stores or online.

“CANEX is trying to create events that are of interest to our audience,” said Ngai. “We really want to do something for CAF gamers and we think this is a great form of entertainment they will want to engage in.”

There is no fee for participating or following the action. Participants only need a CFOne Card (indicating their eligibility to the many CFMWS programs and services) to register and compete in the 2017 CCGS. Deadline to register is Aug. 11.

For more information and to register, visit or via the CANEX Facebook Page or by searching #CCGS2017.

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