Competition and Community: Haz of Team Hazmat Talks AZ Gaming Scene and Future Plans

11 08 2011

Part of what makes a local gaming scene great isn’t just the games played or tournaments held, but the players themselves and how they communicate and interact with each other. This is a principle that Hazem “Haz” Ibrahim and Team Hazmat has taken to heart and continued to expand on over the years they have been active in Arizona.

Courtesy of Team Hazmat.

Ibrahim founded his team initially as a way to strengthen the gaming community ties with each other. After leading a B-boy crew in Egypt for over 10 years and moving to Arizona only three years ago, Ibrahim wanted to do something different to “fill the void” from captaining a team for so long.

“My friends got me into gaming,” explained Ibrahim in a Tuesday interview. “And after that I was like ’Wow! Okay, this is pretty cool, I like this.’” Read the rest of this entry »

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Play N Trade to host national Black Ops tournament

19 10 2010

The highly anticipated first-person shooter game Call of Duty: Black Ops will be releasing on November 9th and to celebrate, video game retailer Play N Trade will host a nationwide tournament for a grand prize of $3,000.

Flyer for the tournament. Courtesy of Play N Trade.

Play N Trade is a new and used video game store franchise that specializes in retro games and systems, as well as newer titles and gear. Call of Duty: Black Ops is the latest installment of the highly successful Call of Duty series of military shooter video games. Read the rest of this entry »