By Karen Sorenson
Emotions ran high and players were tense during Microsoft”s Xbox Halo II tournament Tuesday night, Jan. 31, 2006, held as a way to introduce the new system to students at the same time as recruiting new employees.
Approximately 75 students gathered to enter the tournament and compete against each other. It was a chance for students to have some healthy competition to see who was really the best Halo player.
Ken Fitzgerald, a junior from Alpine majoring in economics, got into Halo while playing with his roommates. He was among the hopefuls moving on to the finals.
“It”s all about Halo,” Fitzgerald said. “Halo made Xbox! It”s just a fun social game.”
Jeremy Briggs, a senior recruiter for Microsoft, is the man behind the tournament.
“It”s a great chance for students to come and hang out,” he said.
Briggs said students are able to come and compete or just try out the new system from Microsoft, the Xbox 360.
Two rooms were set up for play; one for the tournament and one with multiple screens set up for waiting student to try out the new game system.
“If they want to talk [about recruiting] that”s great, if not, it”s just a fun time,” Briggs said.
He said he has had these tournaments at other universities across the nation and had great success finding phenomenal students, especially here at BYU.
Valerie Bays, a traveling recruiter for Microsoft, said the tournament is a fun way to recruit and that it”s fun to see everyone so tense over the game.
Mary McAllister, a recruiting coordinator for Microsoft, said the company has a few more of these tournaments scheduled at various campuses.
“Many students invited [to these tournaments] either have already accepted a position, interviewed and are in process of evaluating the offer, interned here or have an interview scheduled in the near future.”
In addition to the usual recruiting tactics Briggs often gives presentations on preparing resumes and interviewing, but he said he feels that the tournaments let students see what kind of company they will be working for and what it represents.