Last year at E3, Qualcomm didn’t have their own booth or event, but they did partner with Sony Ericsson to promote Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processors and to focus on the gaming aspects of Qualcomm’s chips. This was done very well with the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, which had a slide out game pad.

This year around at E3, Qualcomm decided to have their own satellite event where they would try to break a Guiness World record for mobile gaming on a tablet. The goal was to go ahead and pre-qualify the gamers to make sure they were capable of sustaining more than 24 hrs of gaming and simultaneously make sure that they would all be competitive enough as to prolong the record to a ridiculously long period of time.

Qualcomm set the Guinness World Record for the Longest Mobile Gaming Marathon on a Tablet at exactly 4:37 p.m. PST with a time of 26h 00m and 02s of gaming. The Snapdragon Gaming World Record Challenge pitted 32 gamers against each other to play on a Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 (supplied by AT&T) powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processors.

The winner that obtained 1st place was the one that outlasted the rest of his competitors and was able to continuously play for the entire period of time and had to play one of five games from one of Qualcomm’s gaming partners.

· GT Racing: Motor Academy (Gameloft)

· Virtua Tennis (Sega)

· Galaga: Special Edition (NAMCO Bandai)

· Fruit Ninja (Halfbrick)

· Blood & Glory (Glu)

Interestingly enough, the winner was actually Efren Ballestamon from Chula Vista, CA which is a suburb of San Diego, California the same place where Qualcomm is actually headquartered. In order to make it to the E3 event, he had to drive at least 2 hours to get there without traffic (speaking from personal experience). 

For playing for 26 hours, Mr. Ballestamon (aged 26) won $20,000 as well as a Samsung Galaxy Tab. And as you can see (above) second and third place didn’t leave empty-handed either. We wonder how many times he had to recharge the tablet within those 26 hours… and we won’t talk about personal hygiene.