Sin City Classics brings 7,000 LGBTQ athletes to Las Vegas


Advertised as the largest LGBTQ sporting event on the planet, the Sin City Classic was held in Las Vegas over the weekend of Jan. 18-20. While there were at least 20 different sporting competitions, this year, one of the more unique twists was the Federated Gaymers League’s eSports Tournament.

The Sin City Classic, which attracted an estimated 7,000 LGBTQ athletes, commenced Friday evening at the Flamingo Hotel & Casino, which hosted the opening festivities. Thousands of athletes and supporters gathered for opening festivities

Sin City Classics included the Federated Gaymers League as one of their competitions. This was the fi rst LGBTQ eSports Tournament to compete as part of the festival. On Saturday, Federated Gaymers League kicked off competitions in popular games that included Fortnite, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and Ping! VR.

“We are thrilled with the turnout for our fi rst-year event,” said Garrett Pattiani, co-founder of Federated Gaymers League and co-publisher of QLife Media. Though attendance this year has been modest, interest in eSports continues to grow. “We announced the tournament only a few weeks ago and have had a great turnout and support from the local Las Vegas Gaymers (Gay Gamers), many of whom supported and competed in the event.”

“The Las Vegas Gaymers are so excited to be the host city league for the fi rst ever eSports tournament at the Sin City Classic,” said James Wheble, Vice President of the Las Vegas Gaymers. “We are already looking forward to welcoming even more players to Las Vegas in 2020!”

This weekend’s competition was hosted at The Wall Gaming Lounge, inside Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. Attendees from all Sin City Classic sports were invited to attend as spectators and experience virtual reality demonstrations provided by VR Arcade.

Winners from the fi rst eSports tournament at Sin City Classic competition include:

Fortnite, Aarron Frommeyer, fi rst; Fabian Diaz, second; Gingy Olson, third. For Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Alex DeLaCruz, fi rst; Tim Avist, second; Andrew Jenkins, third. Ping! VR winners were Gingy Olson, fi rst; Andrew Jenkins, second and Tim Avist, third.

Prizes were provided by The Phoenix, Chippendales, WOW, Human Nature, and cosplay gaming drag queen Anyonka who presided over the events as Princess Peach.

The Sin City Classic events concluded Sunday, Jan. 20 with an after-party at Brooklyn Bowl in The LINQ Promenade.