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Dallas Fuel to Host College Overwatch Tournament

Mitch Reames  | 
The Dallas Fuel will host 16 university level Overwatch teams in a massive one-day tournament (Photo via Blizzard Entertainment).

The Dallas Fuel will host 16 university level Overwatch teams in a massive one-day tournament (Photo via Blizzard Entertainment).

The Dallas Fuel will host an Overwatch tournament this weekend for some of the largest colleges in the Midwest. The tournament will take place during OP Live Dallas on September 22nd in Irving, Texas.

Despite being a one-day tournament, the event will be split into a double-elimination group stage and a single-elimination knockout stage with the tournament scheduled to take over 10 hours.

Here are all the schools attending the event:

  •     Baylor University
  •     Colorado State University
  •     Mississippi State University
  •     New Mexico State University
  •     Oklahoma State University
  •     Oklahoma University
  •     Southern Methodist University
  •     Texas Christian University
  •     Texas Tech University
  •     Texas Wesleyan University
  •     University of Arkansas
  •     University of Louisiana at Lafayette
  •     University of Mississippi (Ole Miss)
  •     University of North Texas
  •     University of Texas Arlington
  •     University of Texas at Dallas

Only two of those schools are home to varsity esports programs – Texas Wesleyan and North Texas – and it will be interesting to see how the institutional support plays a role in a team’s success in the tournament. Six of the 16 teams compete in traditional athletics for the Big 12 and three more compete for the SEC. This makes it one of the most notable collegiate esports events that isn’t developer run.

In addition to the tournament, OP Live Dallas will also feature a hackathon and Fortnite competitions as well as a chance to meet Dallas Fuel players like Hyeon “EFFECT” Hwang and Min-seok “OGE” Son and CEO Mike “hastr0” Rufail.

The event was created through a partnership by eGency Global, an esports production, marketing and talent management firm and Southern Methodist University (SMU) Guildhall, a graduate video game design program. Funds from the event will benefit Extra LifeTM, an organization that supports local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Mitch Reames
Mitch Reames
Mitch comes from a background in sports broadcasting at the University of Oregon, while there he competed for the U of O Hearthstone team and saw the potential for content at the crossover of sports and esports. In addition to Hotspawn, Mitch writes for SportTechie and the National Football Post. Follow him on Twitter @Mitch_Reames.