Photo Story: Gamers battle at the “Swagged Out Nerds Cup”

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At Parish on Cherry Street in Macon on Feb. 20, 2021, fierce competitors gathered to battle it out in the second Swagged Out Nerds Cup. The cup consisted of Tekken 7, Dragon Ball Z Fighters and Street Fighter 5. Winners of each tournament got to hold the Swagged Out Nerds championship belt and received a cash prize. The cup was hosted by the creators of Swagged Out Nerds Jason Clarke and John Robinson and Reboot Retrocade Gaming. 

“The company presents a platform for people to showcase their talents and we also put smiles on people’s faces,” Clarke said.

Dominique Jones (right) and Demorian Hood (left) focus on their match of Tekken 7 at Parish on Cherry Street on Saturday, Feb, 20. “I don’t get nervous until after the match,” Jones said. Photo by Larry Sullivan II
Demorian Hood holds his glass arcade stick controller at Parish on Cherry Street on Saturday, Feb. 20. Hood said he gets ready for his matches by contemplating his past mistakes. He said it’s like meditation. Photo by Larry Sullivan II
Antonio Hutchings holds the Swagged Out Nerds championship belt and his $60 cash prize after winning the Tekken 7 fighting tournament on Saturday, Feb. 20. Photo by Larry Sullivan II
John Robinson (left) interviews Antonio Hutchings (right) about what it took to win the Tekken 7 tournament on Saturday, Feb. 20. Photo by Larry Sullivan II
Jason Clark (left) and John Robinson (Right), creators of Swagged Out Nerds, pose for a picture at Parish on Cherry Street on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021. “We wanted to spread the word to young gamers and help elevate lesser known players,” Robinson said. Photo by Larry Sullivan II
Decardo Petties (left) and Tyler Jenkins (right) chat about Tekken 7 after their match on Saturday, Feb. 20. “I like getting nervous,” Petties said. ”It shows I’m human, makes me feel alive.” Photo by Larry Sullivan II