Gen.G and the University of Kentucky have joined forces to announced that the weekend of March 12 to March 14 will see the first Esports Invitational tournament taking place that has been organised by the two.
A number of esports teams across several different esports games and from a number of southern United States universities have been invited to compete in this exciting multi-discipline initiative.
The tournament will be called the “University of Kentucky Esports Invitational” and all the action from the weekend will be streamed live on the University of Kentucky’s own Twitch TV channel.
A total of nine university teams have been invited to compete in the inaugural event this coming weekend and they are:
- Auburn University
- Mississippi State University
- Texas A&M University
- University of Alabama
- University of Georgia
- University of Kentucky
- University of Mississippi
- University of Missouri
- University of Tennessee
Many of these teams hold great rivalries already through their regular encounters in a number of collegiate sports, such as American Football, Baseball, Golf, and Basketball. It is hoped that this friendly rivalry will continue into the field of esports too.
Schedule Of Events
Rather than a single esports event, the University of Kentucky Esports Invitational will actually see different teams from each university compete on the three days of action across three different esports.
The schedule for each of the tournaments across each day is as follows:
- Friday 12 March – Rocket League
- Saturday 13 March – League of Legends & Valorant (up to semifinals)
- Sunday 14 March – League of Legends & Valorant Finals
This is not the first time that Gen.G and the University of Kentucky have combined their talents for initiatives having already done so for the NBA2K Hoops At Home tournament, as well as the Give Health for Kentucky Kids charity program.
“Connected And Unified In the Community”
Although famous for running teams across multiple esports such as Call of Duty, Overwatch, VALORANT, PUBG, League of Legends, and Fortnite to name a few, Gen.G have explained why they have diversified into the rather unusual arena of collegiate esports gaming.
“We’re excited to host our first major invitational with the University of Kentucky with some of the top esports universities participating,” stated Chris Park, the CEO of Gen.G.
“Remaining connected and unified in the community while at home during the COVID-19 pandemic is a top priority for us and we look forward to bringing a world-class experience to students around the country. It’s amazing to see the continued buss around esports in the college ecosystem.”
Those sentiments may certainly be true, but Gen.G could also benefit if they can identify some prospective new college-based talent that they could then perhaps sign as a professional one day to one of their many different esports rosters.
“Unique Way to Level Up Their Competitive Skills”
The University of Kentucky’s Associate CIO, Heath Price, also remarked about the initiative:
“Our students continue to be passionate about esports, so we are thrilled to be able to invite other schools to participate in [the] hope of providing a unique way to level up their competitive skills. We always look forward to providing exciting opportunities to our students and now more than ever, we hope this invitational provides a platform to continue connecting with each other around the country.”