Full athletic scholarships, stipend and housing: Harrisburg University Reveals Esports Team

The following has been taken directly from a press release provided by Harrisburg University

HARRISBURG, Pa. (July 26, 2018) -- Harrisburg University of Science and Technology (HU) has announced its official esports team name as the “Storm” during a press conference held at the school today. The university also revealed the team mascot and roster of the final 16 varsity esports players set to begin competing together fall term, 2018.

As part of the varsity team, players receive full athletic scholarships and are provided a housing stipend, much like any other college varsity team. They are already working closely with head coach, Geoffrey Wang, to hone their skills and work on qualities like teamwork, leadership, time management and communication.

“After a rigorous international search with over 500 applicants, we've assembled three rosters with incredibly talented individuals who have all stood out as some of the top players in their respective titles,” said Wang. “Our rosters contain a mixture of seasoned players and passionate rookies, which should produce an exciting year of matches for fans and spectators alike.”

The team’s first major competition will be hosted in Harrisburg this September, at the HUE Festival. As part of the festival, the city will welcome 32 college varsity esports teams from across the nation to compete at the Harrisburg University Esports Tournament on September 21-22. The tournament is an official National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE) event and will be the largest live collegiate esports tournament to date.  Teams will compete in League of Legends and Overwatch for a grand prize pool of $50,000. Storm fans, as well as esports enthusiasts, can view all Finals rounds live at the Whitaker Center for Science and Arts or by tuning in to Twitch.

▲ The teams Storm mascot

“At Harrisburg University, our students are at the heart of everything we do, and our esports program is no exception. We’re thrilled to give these students the opportunity to grow together as teammates while receiving a top-level education,” said HU President Eric Darr. “With a name like ‘Storm’, we can’t wait to officially enter into the world of collegiate varsity sports and show the other schools the power and energy these students bring to the arena.”

HU will be holding a “Meet the Team” event on August 9, 2018, at 10:30AM at Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts, which will serve as the Storm’s arena. Media and invited guests are welcome to interview players, coaches and HU leadership.

For more information about the team or players, visit www.hustorm.net.

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