When the curtains rise on this year’s OMEN Challenge, contestants won’t be on a massive soundstage or an esports arena. Rather, they’ll warm up their trigger fingers bathed in the glow of their own PC screens.
The OMEN Challenge, aptly named “The Video Game Game Show,” is back this year as a livestream event where gamers and content creators will face off in a multi-round, video gaming tournament where attendees and fans can interact with players on Twitch. Hosted by actor, comedian, and writer Ron Funches and featuring OMEN squad member, streamer, and special guest CupAhNoodle, the Challenge will be broadcast on the OMEN Twitch channel this week.
The eight contestants — who will compete to win the latest OMEN by HP and Intel gear and the opportunity to donate OMEN equipment to communities in need — comprise a roster of all-star female gamers and content creators: Sparkles_QT, MsAshRocks, Tsikyo, Blushi, QTCinderella, StoryModeBae, YouGelly, and Kat “Mystik” Gunn.
Their goal? Make it through four rounds of trivia and four rounds of gameplay, but don’t get voted out by fellow competitors. One victor will be left standing, and she’ll not only win bragging rights, but also the “ultimate gaming battle station” complete with the OMEN 30L desktop and OMEN 27i monitor, a slew of HyperX peripherals, a mini fridge, and mood lighting. The winner will also get to present a donation of HP Victus laptops to their local Boys & Girls Club.
Reflecting gaming’s growing mainstream popularity, this is the first year that the OMEN Challenge will lean toward mass-market titles, including racing game Hot Wheels Unleashed, one-on-one roguelike shooter Rounds, the colorful multiplayer Gang Beasts, and the sci-fi first-person-shooter Splitgate.
The Garage got the chance to talk to a few of the OMEN Challenge participants as they prepared to bring their A-games to the competition.