Rapper Chief Keef to host Mortal Kombat tournament in Long Beach

Rapper and Chicago Drill god Chief Keef will be putting down the mic to pick up a game controller and head west: Keef will battle those willing to take him on in Mortal Kombat 11 via a tournament hosted right here in Long Beach.

The pop-up invitational, dubbed “BANG: Mortal Kombat” and set to take place on Dec. 13, will be hosted by Thunder Gaming Studios at their Long Beach studio space on Sante Fe Avenue. The announcement came through a YouTube video:

“We are excited to team up with Chief Keef and many of his celebrity friends in a fun, competitive way that is designed to introduce their followers and friends to gaming,” says Andrew Kennedy, chief marketing officer at Thunder Gaming, by way of a press release.

Beyond the direct tournament, competition seekers can take on two-on-two battles within Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and NBA2K20 against Keef’s Glo Navy Members, along with enjoying a beer garden and various food trucks.

Competitors can register for $65 and spectators can register for $35.

Thunder Gaming Studios is located at 20434 Santa Fe Ave. 

Brian Addison is a columnist and editor for the Long Beach Post. Reach him at [email protected] or on social media at FacebookTwitterInstagram, and LinkedIn.

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Brian Addison has been a writer, editor, and photographer for more than a decade, covering everything from food and culture to transportation and housing. In 2015, he was named Journalist of the Year by the Los Angeles Press Club and has since garnered 19 nominations and two additional wins for Best Political Commentary for his work at KCET and Best Blog for Longbeachize, a section of the Long Beach Post. In 2019, he was awarded the Food/Culture Critic of the Year across any platform at the National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards. Brian currently serves as a columnist and editor for the Long Beach Post.