Let me start off by doing an introduction. A few months ago Matt Vernhout and I met (uhh...virtually) the team that runs Eh Button, a social networking website devoted to bringing together Canadian console gamers.
Much like how NextGen Player was formed, Founders Davezorz, Dedbeat5250, and rancorey were out for lunch one day when they started to discuss the clear lack of a strong Canadian gaming presence, and decided to do something about it. The guys were particularly concerned at the lack of Canadian-based console LAN events. So they created Eh Button, a Facebook-esque site that lets you do things like customize your homepage, start your own blog, post photos, videos and even start your own clan.
Speaking to NextGen Player about the burgeoning appeal of console LAN events, Founder rancorey stated: "this console generation has been focused on online gaming more than any generation before it. Many of our members (myself included) are former PC gamers that have moved on to the Xbox 360."
Eh Button launched in August of this year and their first LAN event - Winter WonderLAN 2009 - is is scheduled for February 6th to 8th, 2009. This is the first of what they hope will be many events in the future.
Here are all the deets on Winter WonderLAN 2009:
Location: South Calgary Community Association, 3130 - 16th st. S.W., Calgary AB
Date/Time: February 6, 2009 at 5pm to February 8, 2009 at 2am
Cost: $26.50 per person
Presently the group has 30 seats available but may bump that number to 40 if there's demand. The LAN event will include tournaments, prizes and super cool sponsor involvement.
For more information or to register for the event, check out the info page here: Winter WonderLAN 2009
[UPDATE: Eh Button have just confirmed with us that they have added the 10 extra seats (40 total) for Winter WonderLAN 2009]