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Gamers needed to help build Air Force strategy

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The Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center is contracting with MITRE to test Airmen and Guardian decision making in a contested environment through video gaming.

Registration opened Sept. 6 for military members to participate in eSports tournament GameX: Mission Generation Under Attack at locations in Sumter, South Carolina; McLean, Virginia; and San Antonio.

As part of an eSports-based, human-in-the-loop experiment, GameX participants get to prove their gaming skills and have fun, while helping AFIMSC better understand their challenges and providing feedback to help the Department of the Air Force determine where to invest their resources.

During the GameX tournament, teams of five play the game and defend deployed locations from multi-domain attacks while continuing to generate fighter aircraft missions. Teams must make critical mission decisions such as whether to prioritize readying aircraft for launch over defending the air base or putting together a contested logistics strategy to ensure they have the supplies they need to complete the mission. Providing a challenge on multiple fronts, the game requires a mix of first-person shooter, strategy and puzzle-solving skills for participants to be successful.

The full-day competitions run Sept. 22-23 in Sumter, Oct. 13-14 in McLean and Oct. 20-21 in San Antonio.

Participants must be 18 or older and register as individuals or teams at Individual registrants will be placed into teams. Cash prizes as much as $1,000 will be awarded to the winners of each day, and doors prizes will be given out throughout each day.