Some of us will no doubt have spent our summers of youth away at summer camp, a place where you learnt how to abseil, ride quad bikes and had that first summer romance with a girl from Surrey called Amanda - or was that just me?
However, for those teens who shiver with the thought of outdoor activity, and would rather spend the summer fragging n00bs than paddling canoes, iD Gaming Academy has announced Camp Fatal1ty
, a summer camp where you'll learn to play UT3 like a pro, with the help of noted professional gamer, Johnathan "Fatal1ty" Wendel.
"We are excited and honoured to partner with Johnathan on this new initiative. With this new collaborative offering, we continue to provide cutting-edge instruction to our teen gaming students. Professional gaming is a fast growing profession,”
said Pete Ingram Cauchi, president and CEO of iD Tech Camps.
Over two weeks teens will be taught advanced strategies and tactics developed and used by pro gamers, as well as how to build highlight video reels to show off their newly acquired mad gaming skills. However, Fatal1ty won't be in attendance himself, and is only a consultant in designing the two week skill building program,with as yet unnamed pro gamers being brought in to teach
Such summer camps are commonplace in the US for mainstream sports, and many professional athletes have founded similar academies, but this is the first such camp we've heard of specialising in professional gaming skills. Could this be indicative of pro gaming becoming a more mainstream and acceptable past time, or is it another instance of unnecessary Fatal1ty branding? Either way, let us know in the forums