The first competitive laser tag league in the Northwest kicks off today with the help of some Seahawks players.
The Virtual Sports League is a new organization that runs monthly tournaments and weekly qualifying matches at Virtual Sports, a high-tech laser tag facility that opened this past autumn in Tukwila, Wash.
On Monday at 7 p.m., the league will host its first tournament called the Doug Baldwin VSL Invitational — and yes, that’s Doug Baldwin of the Seattle Seahawks.
Baldwin, whose Seahawks practice facility is nearby Virtual Sports, is a frequent laser tag player and helped come up with the idea for new league. The fifth-year wide receiver recruited seven other current and former professional athletes, including Richard Sherman, Jermaine Kearse, and Ricardo Lockette, to serve as captains of eight four-man teams for Monday’s tournament.
The 24 other slots will be filled with top players at Virtual Sports, who will compete in a special competition format designed by Baldwin.
“He suggested a story-driven competition format and we were on board to make it happen,” said Virtual Sports’ event coordinator Eddie Roberts. “Doug and some of his friends have been coming in helping us develop custom gameplay scenarios. These guys have been promoting the event and have been an absolute pleasure to work with.”
Founded by Brian Deller and Jon Raduenz, Virtual Sports opened this past September and now employs 24 at its laser tag/entertainment center. The laser tag competition features real-time multi-metric statistical tracking and battle areas inspired by Seattle. You can check out the gameplay in this video: