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Akwesasne man among just four gamers in the world selected to show off new video game expansion


October 5, 2017

Elliot Benedict, far right, was one of four players from around the world and the only North American invited to Paris to premier the Ghost War expansion of the Ghost Recon: Wildlands video game.

An Akwesasne man was recently selected as one of only four gamers in the world to show off a new video game expansion.

Elliot Benedict recently flew to Paris to stream via Twitch the Ghost War, a player-versus-player (PvP) add-on to the Ghost Recon: Wildlands game.

Ghost Recon is a first-person shooter (FPS) military video game, and the Ghost War expansion allows players to fight each other one-on-one via the internet. Anyone who has the original game can download and add the expansion for free.

Benedict had one of the top four scores in the world for the Ghost War beta. A beta version of a game is a test version released for free, generally as a promotion or to solicit player feedback before the final product comes out.

Ubisoft, which makes the game, paid to fly him out and accommodate him in Paris, France from Sept. 17 to 20. The company also has studios in Montreal and Toronto, in addition to other locations worldwide. They also make the well-known Assassin's Creed and Far Cry series.

"It was a lot of fun, I've never really traveled anywhere, well Montreal, maybe," Benedict said.

He was the only player from North America to be selected for the event and was alongside two Germans, each named Daniel, and a Croatian man named Lovric.

The event was held at Ubisoft's Paris office, and they streamed Ghost War via Twitch, an online service where players can stream what they are playing and anyone can tune in and watch. Benedict said it was more meant to showcase the game than for players to compete.

"It's closer to a car show than a racing event," Benedict said.

At the end, Ubisoft presented the other three players with a European special edition of the game, but Benedict didn't get one because he is from North America.

"They said I'd get something else," he said, adding that he did take home some other Ubisoft swag, including a shirt and customized dog tags.

He said they played the game on PC, which he prefers to console systems.

"It has better performance, mods and stuff," according to Benedict. "I play on a 144 Hertz monitor, 144 frames per second."

Mods are user-created modifications to an existing game. They are generally made available for free and are easy to install.

More information about the Ghost War premier is at


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