BYU’s Student Activities Board is holding Laser Wars, a competitive laser tag tournament for students.
Laser Wars will take place May 22 from 3–5 p.m. in the Wilkinson Student Center. The event is free and will be held in W3223, the same room used for religion finals. This is BYU’s first competitive laser tag event.
There will be three rooms for players to compete. The first and second rooms are purely for fun and are not tied to the tournament. The third room is for the actual tournament. The team that does the best in that room will be the tournament champion and win prizes.
The tournament is based on teams of five.
“A big thing that we’re focusing on is teamwork. You can come by yourself if you want, or you can come with your friends or roommates,” said Steven Fortney, an organizer of the event. “If you come as a team, you fight as a team and you have fun as a team. If someone comes alone, they will be placed with a preexisting team.”
One of the problems the Student Activities Board faced while organizing the event was getting the laser tag equipment to function on campus. Getting the equipment set up and working properly in the WSC has been a challenge.
The event also had to pass regulations before it was allowed.
“We had to get it approved with the fire code, and it just came through at the last minute,” said Janea Edgel, a 20-year-old member of the Student Activities Board. “So it was pretty nip and tuck there for a minute.”
The Student Activities Board is dedicated to providing free and fun activities, like this tournament, for students.
“It’s a great activity, and it’s totally free. You can come with your friends, and it’s a great way to be more involved on campus and to have a fun time. The people who come to our events always have a great time,” Fortney said. “This one will be especially exciting because it’s laser tag, and I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love laser tag.”