PORTSMOUTH, OH (WOWK) -– Shawnee State University’s eSports team has been invited to compete in the Inaugural ESPN Collegiate eSports Championship.
SSU is one of only 100 schools that received the invitation from ESPN to participate in the first-ever collegiate eSports championship event.
“I’m incredibly honored and excited that ESPN has included us in this event. This is a huge deal not just for us, but for the world of eSports in general,” said Kyle Trapp, head coach of SSU’s eSports program.
Coach Trapp says the exposure generated from ESPN’s event will bring “new eyes” to not only Shawnee State and its eSports program, but to Portsmouth in general.
Tournament play will begin on March 25th with group stages running through April 14th.
The Championship bracket, which is modeled after the March Madness bracket, will take place beginning April 26th. The final stage of the tournament will be held live from Houston, Texas from May 10th to May 12th.
SSU’s eSports team consists of 60 student-athletes who compete in six different games – Hearthstone, League of Legends, Overwatch, Rocket League, Smash Bros and Smite.
In their first season competing, SSU’s Smite team reached a high ranking of 5th in the nation; SSU’s Hearthstone team ranked 21st out of 820 teams, and the Rocket League team was ranked 66th out of 400 teams.