The Red Bull is on ice, the music is oppressively loud and the LN2 is bubbling away in the pot. Yes, we’re back at the European finals of MSI’s Master Overclocking Arena, which this time is held in the unseasonably cold city of Istanbul.
In case you're not familiar with the Master Overclocking Arena, the MOA is MSI’s yearly overclocking competition, which sees teams from all over the globe competing for the title of MOA Champions. Heats are held in individual countries, with one team from each country going through to a continental final in the hope of qualifying for the world finals, which are held in Taipei, Taiwan.
The event kicked off in typically over the top fashion, with the teams walking into the ballroom-cum-overclocking-theatre to pumping music, flashing lights and an honour guard of applauding MSI employees. It’s a little strange to see what’s essentially a gaggle of computer geeks being treated like rock stars, but then nothing is done by halves at this event. The sponsors were out in full force, and the stage at the far end of the room was so large it looked like it had been lifted straight from a summer festival.
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