Arizona is getting it's first major Overwatch event in the form of the Fiesta Bowl Overwatch. This collegiate event by Tespa will showcase the highest levels of collegiate play and will be part of the Tespa Overwatch Collegiate Series. The semi-finals will be played in Arizona after 4 teams have emerged from the 318 schools each fighting for their prize of a fully paid scholarship.
“With the explosive growth of esports, we identified this opportunity to broaden our footprint and get involved right at our sweet spot – intercollegiate competition. Partnering with Blizzard Entertainment once again puts us at the top of the college game, in a slightly different arena. Now is a perfect time to become a part of a new frontier for college gaming. These are highly-talented and dedicated students showcasing their skills.”
-Mike Nealy, Fiesta Bowl Executive Director.
On Saturday, February 17th, the Arizona State University Campus will host the games. Kicking off the event will be an exhibition match between longtime rivals ASU and University of Arizona. Like most college rivalries, these two schools look for any reason to compete and this marks the first time they will do so over Overwatch on such a public stage.
“The passion and tradition of college football are a perfect match to the drama and excitement of Overwatch collegiate esports. We’re excited to see some of the top college Overwatch players competing for scholarships and glory as part of the Fiesta Bowl festivities.”
Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment.
For more information on this event, check out Tespa's official tournament page.
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