Well, probably not in the Chicago Expo center engaging in video arcade combat for the top prize of $50,000. I vaguely remember the announcement of this, might have been on the CBS Evening News, can't be certain though.
What is certain is that the gamers of the time were not ready for such a challenge. The total number of players that showed up for the event was a measely 250 while the city and Atari were expecting upwards of 10-15,000 players. Ouch.