Last month, we worked with the wonderful folks from Esports at University of Georgia. The team at Esports at UGA created and organized a local LAN called Athens Online. The LAN featured tournaments for CS:GO, League of Legends, and Overwatch.
Athens Online had over $10,000 in prizing — including some fantastic prizes sponsored by Plays.tv.
In addition to the festivities onsite, we ran a video submission contest using #AthensOnline. You can see all of the awesome submissions here.
The winners scored some big prizes, like this gigantic Thresh statue:
Here were our big winners:
League of Legends:
Of course, pulling off a large-scale event was no easy task. There are definitely a lot of hurdles and challenges to overcome when creating and managing a large tournament.
Annie Lian, Esports at UGA’s co-founder, had this to say about the process: “In order to host a successful event of any type and/or scale, communication, adaptation, and flexibility are the most important attributes that the leaders and staff must have.”
Events like Athens Online are helping expand the reach of collegiate esports.
“I believe collegiate esports is an excellent foundation that enables young gamers to build a strong work ethic and learn how to excel in a team environment. More and more schools are creating esports programs, and this increase will only continue as the legitimacy of esports becomes more well known and understood.” Brendon Ramdeholl External PR Officer of Esports at UGA
We were happy to be a part of Esports at UGA’s incredible Athens Online event and hope to work together again in the future!
Images courtesy of Esports at UGA