ST. GEORGE — Southern Utah-based YouTuber and esports enthusiast Jared Caplin, known among competitive video gamers as J Cap, is throwing a gaming tournament and party at Buffalo Wild Wings in St. George Friday night.
The “J Cap Locked and Loaded Gaming Tournament” includes competitive team-based play of the hugely popular “Call of Duty: Black Ops III” on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles. The event is open to everyone for food and fun from 11 p.m. Friday to 3 a.m. Saturday.
Jared Caplin has secured major support for the event from “Call of Duty” series publisher Activision and Major League Gaming, a global leader in professional-level esports.
Excited to support J Cap’s ambition to bring a taste of professional-level tournaments to a smaller venue, the companies have pledged their support in the form of equipment for the event and future ones like it.
Jared Caplin has been growing his presence online with a popular YouTube channel featuring videos highlighting his trips to esports events, gameplay footage and video blogging. He has also become a regular attendee of Major League Gaming competitions at venues across the country where large audiences watch professional gamers compete against each other.
“My most competitive game I love to play is ‘Call of Duty,’” Jared Caplin said. “Just something about it makes me want to do good and help out a team, and it just makes my heart race.”
Jared Caplin has muscular dystrophy and said, despite his limitations, he is determined to live out his dreams.
In one year, he has established a YouTube channel with over 400 subscribers, made connections with powerful video game executives and held other gaming events in Southern Utah, including the successful “J Cap’s 1st Annual Blazin’ Challenge” in May.
See J Cap and his supporters in the video top of this report.
Jared Caplin also works with the Muscular Dystrophy Association to help spread awareness of the disease and is working to establish the “J Cap Is Awesome Foundation,” which is currently accepting donations.
“Jared’s desire is to inspire and lift everyone at his reach to get up and brush themselves off,” Alan Caplin, his father, said.
J Cap and the Buffalo Wild Wings staff are excited for Friday’s big party.
Teams from across the state will participate in the tournament. Only a few slots are still open for registration to play in the tournament, but everyone is invited to come eat, meet other gamers and watch the competition.
Entry is $30 and includes food and drinks. Advance tickets can be purchased in St. George at either Buffalo Wild Wings, 221 S. River Road, or Premier Car and Truck, 116 W. St. George Boulevard.
- What: J Cap’s 1st Annual Locked and Loaded Gaming Tournament featuring “Call of Duty: Black Ops III.”
- When: Friday, Sept. 22, 11 p.m. to 3 a.m.
- Where: Buffalo Wild Wings, 221 S. River Road, St. George, Utah.
- Cost: $30 per person includes food and drinks. Purchase advance tickets at Buffalo Wild Wings in St. George at 221 S. River Road or Premier Car and Truck at 116 W. St. George Blvd.
- J Cap is Awesome website.
- J Cap is Awesome YouTube channel.
- J Cap’s 1st Annual Locked and Loaded Gaming Tournament Facebook page.
- Tournament entry page – openings are limited.
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