BOZEMAN, Mont. -

Hundreds are gathering at Montana State University for a different kind of sports tournament this week.

A group of MSU students kicked off the Battle under the Mountains e-Sports Tournament on Thursday. The video game tournament is being held in cooperation with students from the University of Montana in Missoula, Carroll College in Helena, and even the University of Idaho.

Event organizer Blake Mickatavage says working with other college organizations has helped grow a community across the state.

"In the past, our events brought in 15 to 20 people. It has taken a lot of work to get here," said Mickatavage. "But it's definitely satisfying to see something like this come together."

Contestant Carl Lucker told NBC Montana, "It's a fun environment. You usually wouldn't be able to do something like this outside of this organization."

More than 100 contestants will compete in the tournament for cash and prizes.

The tournament runs two days and features competitions in different kinds of video games, from strategy game "StarCraft 2" to fighting games like "Street Fighter 4."