Start to Play Festival. I tested for you: facing a video game champion

It was a long-awaited meeting for video game enthusiasts. After several revised editions due to the health crisis, the “Start to play” festival returns to its traditional format on August 27 and 28, within the walls of the CCI Campus, in the Strasbourg district of Meinau. “We feel that visitors are keen to come back and play in the presence of their idols”, observes Sylvie Bagnuls, communication manager on the Orange E-sport stand.

Kayane, world number 7 in its category

There is indeed a great crowd in front of the stand. Children and adults, dressed as their favorite characters or not, are waiting for their turn to come. “I want to face her but I’m a little scared, she’s so strong,” slips Nicolas. She is Marie-Laure Norindr, better known by the pseudonym of Kayane (pronounced “Kayane”). At 31, this star of the video game world is champion of the fighting game SoulCalibur VI.

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Originally from the Paris region, the young woman returns to her early passion. No sooner had she begun to speak than she piled up the blocks of the Tetris game. “I started playing fighting games at the age of 7, with my older brothers. “She then turns out to be a prodigy of the controller, until “annoying [s] are brothers!

Kayane participates in his first tournament at 9 years old. Since then, she has chained competitions and climbed his channel on the social network Twitch. Nearly 50,000 subscribers follow his performances there. “I met her in 2009, she was one of the only girls in a male environment,” says her manager. “I managed to impose myself thanks to my performances”, continues the one who climbs to seventh place in the world ranking in her category.

Ready, set, fight… KO!

The track record is one thing. We wanted to know what a video game champion is really worth, controller in hand. After a focus on the controls and a reminder of the rules of the game, the game can begin. As usual, Kayane chooses her favorite character, the elegant Xianghua, all dressed in red. For me, it will be Geralt, a tall bearded man in armor. At this point, I still believe in my chances of worrying the one everyone fears.

“Fight! Hostilities are launched. To make a strong impression, I immediately execute strikes in the direction of my opponent, who does not respond. I then begin to wonder if she lets herself be done… Spot on. The humiliation is coming. Kayane starts dodging all my sword thrusts. It counters all my attacks. Worse still: my life gauge is shrinking at breakneck speed. Powerless, I can only be a spectator of my defeat: neither one nor two, I am swept away by his “super-attack”. Defeat by KO. Our twenty-second revenge could not have been more glorious.

Results of the games: I will not go down in history as the first visitor to a festival to take over Kayane. I leave at least with a dedication from the champion to whom I give appointment next year!

The “Start to play” festival, Saturday August 27 and Sunday August 28 at the CCI Campus, 234 avenue de Colmar, in Strasbourg. Open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. 8 euros entry. Free for children under 7 years. More information and complete program on the website: www.start-to-play.eu

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