The local Counter-Strike community lost one of its members on Friday night, with Liam 'sundzinho' Reeves passing away in a fatal accident.
There's been a steady outpouring of condolences and support over the weekend, and the local community is now banding together as best they know how: by holding a tournament in Reeves' memory.
Reeves was a colourful character who, at his peak, competed in the highest echelon of competition Australian CSGO had to offer. He was well known on the Cybergamer forums for his capacity to stir the pot, although close friends and teammates of the 21-year-old, who lived in East Maitland, described him as a friendly, affable fellow.
So when something as horrific as a sudden passing happens, how do you respond? With a tournament, of course.
"With the sad passing of man so young we will be running a remembrance ODC with the proceeds going to support the family with any costs that they may need," Cybergamer's lead CSGO administrator wrote. A Gofundme campaign has also been established for those who want to support the family but don't wish to participate in the event, with 11 people contributing $658 at the time of writing.
The world of esports has traditionally used Valentine's Day for tournaments, and the remembrance event is no exception — although in this instance it's more a case of being able to collect funds as quickly as possible so they can be passed onto Reeves' family.
Team Immunity and Steelseries have also contributed product to the event. Those interested in taking part or contributing can do so over at Cybergamer.