Anticipation continues to build as the inaugural Midwest Campus Clash and Gaming Expo (@MWCampusClash on Twitter) will take place Saturday, April 8 at Columbia College! The event, which is free and open to the public and is the first of its kind in the area, will bring some of the top collegiate eSports teams and gamers in the country together in Columbia, Missouri, to compete for a $35,000 scholarship prize pool. eSports teams from the following schools will be vying for top honors in the League of Legends tournament:
University of Michigan
The Ohio State University
University of Kansas
Grand Valley State University
University of Illinois
Robert Morris University
After a month-long League of Legends elimination tournament, these teams have emerged to battle for a $15,000 top prize. The second-place team will receive $5,000 and third- and fourth-place teams will each receive $2,500. Matches will start at 10 a.m. and will be called by professional Shoutcasters live in the Southwell Complex arena.
In addition to the live tournament viewing space, the Expo area will include several gaming experiences for all ages, including a Forza racing competition, Absurdly Giant Pong — the classic video game Pong played on a gigantic screen — Halo and Call of Duty tutorials, Virtual Reality experiences, awesome door prizes and a gaming lounge open to all gamers! Area food trucks and an exhibitor space to sample the latest gaming gear will also be featured during the day-long event.
“This is a tremendous opportunity to showcase some of the top eSports teams in the country and introduce our Columbia and campus communities to a national audience,” Columbia College Director of eSports Bryan Curtis noted. “The event will feature something for everyone interested in gaming, and we are looking forward to welcoming visitors from all over the Midwest.”
The Expo area will also play host to the finals of the Collegiate Star League’s (CSL) Madden NFL Championship Series, part of a partnership between the CSL and EA Sports. Two students who completed a grueling tournament taking on hundreds of fellow students from around the country will have the opportunity to represent their school and have a shot at $10,000 in prize money.
“We’re proud to be one of the first colleges to offer eSports scholarships and thrilled to play host to such an exciting, competitive event,” Curtis said.