The Prestigious eSports Canada Cup Vancouver Comes to River Rock Casino Resort on July 1st & 2nd

RICHMOND, BC, May 11, 2017 /CNW/ - Throughout the country, July 1st will be marked by a celebration of Canada's 150th birthday including at the River Rock Casino Resort where the weekend will be kicked into high gear by the largest eSports gaming tournament in British Columbia – Canada Cup Vancouver.

Considered to be one of the most prestigious fighting game tournaments, Canada Cup Vancouver is set to shatter records as it will have seven game tournaments over the span of the two days and an expected attendance of over 500 players.  In addition, an estimated 20,000 people will be watching the events live online. The total prize pool for the tournament is over $10,000.

"When we heard that Canada Cup wanted to host an event in Vancouver, we knew the most appropriate location would be the River Rock Casino Resort. With the state-of-the-art Show Theatre that can accommodate a multitude of diverse functions, we are confident that the players will have the best Canada Cup experience yet," said Michael Kim, General Manager, Casino Operations, River Rock Casino Resort.

Canada Cup was founded in 2010 by Lap Chi Duong and a group of friends who organized a series of eSports tournaments in Alberta but had the vision to grow and promote the events across Canada. Since that time, the tournament has been played in Toronto and Vancouver.

"We're passionate about the fighting game community and eSports in Canada. A big part of that is providing players in Vancouver and Western Canada with a great yearly event. Having the opportunity to organize Canada Cup Vancouver is a huge milestone for us, especially as we get to partner with the River Rock Casino Resort which is such a well-known brand. This partnership will allow us to maximize the experience for our players and hopefully establish an annual event," said Lap Chi Duong, CEO of Canada Cup Gaming.

Those interested in registering for Canada Cup 2017 can do so online at canada-cup.ca.

About Great Canadian Gaming Corporation:
Great Canadian Gaming Corporation is a Canadian based company that operates gaming, entertainment and hospitality facilities in British Columbia, Ontario, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Washington State. The Company has 21 gaming properties which consists of thirteen casinos, including a four Diamond resort hotel in Richmond, British Columbia and a four star hotel in Moncton, New Brunswick, four horse racetrack casinos, three community gaming centres and one commercial bingo hall. A key element of Great Canadian's business model is its commitment to social responsibility. "PROUD of our people, our business, our community" is Great Canadian's brand that unifies the company's community, volunteering and social responsibility efforts. Under the PROUD program, Great Canadian annually invests over $2.5 million in our communities, and in 2016, over 1,500 charitable organizations were supported by Great Canadian. In each Canadian gaming jurisdiction, a significant portion of gross gaming revenue from gaming facilities is retained by our crown partners on behalf of their provincial government for the purpose of supporting programs like healthcare, education and social services.

SOURCE Great Canadian Gaming Corporation - Media Relations

For further information: Sonja Mandic, Director, Media Relations & Social Responsibility, Great Canadian Gaming Corporation, 604.889.7114, smandic@gcgaming.com


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