'Innovation boom': Gladstone's best tech minds in one room
CONNECTING Gladstone's best gamers with those in our Japanese sister city could bring an "innovation explosion", according to a juggernaut of Gladstone's gaming-world.
Gladstone LAN Group founder Andrew Horton said connecting with Saiki through gaming competitions would open up a network of "tech minded" geniuses, bringing a raft of opportunities in technology and innovation.
Mr Horton, a UGL electrical technician in his second life, organises a monthly 14-hour gaming marathon at the CBD's CentrePoint conference room, which draws dozens of gamers.
"As we move from construction boom to an innovation boom who better to connect, innovate and create an awesome event with," Mr Horton said.
He said kids with social anxiety or who may be bullied because of their interest in computers are already teaming up with like-mind mentors at the events.
"Kids that are having issues at school being computer tech minded are meeting adults who are successful at life, so sort of having mentors," he said. "It was a way for them to see that gaming might not be that uncool of an activity."
Mr Horton grew up in Tannum Sands where he said, as a kid, he was left to travel to Rockhampton for his gaming competition fix.
"If I had an opportunity as a kid I would've loved it, so as an adult I'm bring the change that I want to see in Gladstone.