KENT STATE, OH: Project Director Tim Pagliari and Human Studies professor Dr. Steven Topefer are feeling confident not only about the Kent State eSports tournament program, but also it’s future. The first tournament will take place on May 5th in the MACC from 12 pm to 6 pm, EDT.
“We have a huge amount of support for the tournament growing online, it kind of started slow with people signing up to participate, but it’s starting to shape up now we have teams signing up every day,” said Pagliari
The tournament will feature a deck of twelve computers. The main stage of the tournament will mostly feature Overwatch tournament games, but depending on how fast the tournament goes it will be open to other organizations and games such as League of Legends.
May tournament scholarship money announced
Kent State has allocated a total of $6,000 in scholarship money for the winners of the Overwatch tournament. Winning players will share the scholarship pool: The first-place team will receive $500 per player; second place will receive $400 and third place will receive $100.
The primary sponsors that provided the scholarship money for the Overwatch tournament are the College of Communication and Information and University Libraries. They have also helped to fund the entire event providing monetary support, program addict support and advocating for the program.
Multiple other tournaments and student organizations will be attending and host small side tournaments or have booths promoting their organizations.
Some students from the Salem eSports team will be hosting a Hearthstone tournament that will have a $200, $100 and $50 visa gift card prize for the top three winners.
The Super Smash Brothers club is bringing in some of the members from branch campuses to host a tournament which will have a $50 prize for the winner.
Nonetheless, unlike the Overwatch tournament, the Hearthstone and Super Smash Brothers tournaments will have an entrance fee; $10 for Hearthstone and five dollars for Super Smash Brothers.
Pagliari encourages any other students or student organizations that are interested in organizing a tournament for a new game or getting a booth for their club to reach out through eSports@Kent.edu or to join the Discord.
“We would love to support any student that wants to have a tournament for a game that is not included so far. If they need space, equipment, promotions or connections I think that’s a big part of what we can do to help out,” Pagliari said.
Kent State eSports tournament scholarship money announced
Looking beyond the tournament this Saturday there is currently $20,000 in scholarship money available for fall 2018 tournaments.
“After we catch our breath, after the semester and tournament, we’ll be focusing on a number of things. Foremost are the varsity teams at Kent and the regionals,” said Toepfer “We’ve started signing high school students at Salem. Lots more of that to follow. Then practices and seasons. Team building.”
Tryouts for different teams will be over the summer break. Details are still under discussion. More information about them will be available through the website, discord and social media.
Find more information on the Kent State eSports tournaments
For those interesting in seeing the tournament but cannot make it, it will be broadcast on Twitch through esportskentstate.
Additionally, more information about the eSports program and future updates can be found at the Kent State eSports website and social media.
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