The Barton College Esports team is awaiting the fast-approaching season which kicks off in just under a few weeks. The League of Legends team has been in full force competing in the monthly Clash tournaments, competing for a chance to earn different rewards. The two-day event took place on September 5-6 and according to freshman, League of Legends player, Mitchell Mckittrick, it was good practice for the upcoming season.
The team was able to come away with a win and will look to keep carrying this momentum into the upcoming season. “Since I had a formal team it felt a lot more competitive and interesting since this was our first-team experience,” said Mckittrick. The first-year team member was excited about the opportunity to compete with teammates and try new tactics, gameplay styles, and strategies to see which will hold up during the season.
Mckittrick, a native of Apex, North Carolina, is looking forward to competing at the collegiate level for the first time. “I want to get to know my teammates, get to know their play styles, and try to work with them on trying to figure out those successful strategies,” said Mckittrick.
As the Bulldogs continue preparation for the 2020 season, which will take place in the coming weeks, players will be tested and competing against some of the top talent in the country for a chance to win a variety of prizes.
Barton College, Carolina Games Summit (CGS), and the East Coast Games Conference (ECGC) have partnered to bring $72,000 in scholarships across five games: Fortnite Solo and Duos, League of Legends 5v5, Rocket League 2v2, Madden 2019, and NBA2k19. The CGS @ ECGC esports event will take place in Ballroom C of the Raleigh Convention Center in parallel with the 2019 East Coast Games Conference on April 16-18th 2019. Entry fees are just $15 and include access to any of the CGS run tournaments across all three days. Visit the Carolina Games Summit ticket page to purchase tickets.
1st, 2nd, and 3rd place participants in the scholarship tournaments will receive $2,000 in scholarships to Barton College. Eight additional games will be featured at the event including Super Smash Brothers Ultimate, Mario Kart 8, Mortal Kombat XL, Apex Legends, Street Fighter V, and Injustice 2, instead of scholarships cash and/or prizes will be included for 1st place winners.
Barton recently launched a competitive esports program that will begin varsity and club competition in Fall 2019. They are now seeking students to join their competitive co-ed teams and begin their ascension to the top of the collegiate esports world.
“We’re excited to be partnering with Carolina Games Summit and hope these scholarships help prospective students gain a degree while pursuing their passion,” said Paul Christianson, Head Esports Coach at Barton College. “The interest and support we’ve seen so far have been tremendous and we are looking forward to expanding our list of new recruits joining us in the fall.”
Barton College will compete in a variety of games in the National Association of Collegiate Esports, American Video Game League, Collegiate Starleague, and TESPA. The list includes League of Legends, Rocket League, Fortnite, Overwatch, Hearthstone, Madden, and NBA 2K. Additional games will be supported based upon student interest and demand.
“This scholarship opportunity at Barton College provides a clear path for prospective students who want to gain a nationally recognized college education while they push the limits of their esports career,” says Michael Everett, Creative Director for Carolina Games Summit. “In addition aligning Carolina Games Summit with East Coast Games Conference gives competitive players unparalleled access to game developers and industry representatives alike”
Tickets to CGS @ ECGC are available to the public and may be purchased online or at the door. Visit the official web site, www.carolinagamessummit.com, for a full listing of all the speakers, exhibitors, and additional details. Contact the event organizers at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on attending, exhibiting or speaking at the Carolina Games Summit.
About Barton College Located in Wilson, North Carolina, Barton College is an academic community of approximately 1,000 students and 200 faculty and staff. Nationally recognized for its programs in education, deaf education, nursing, and social work and for its championship athletic teams, the school maintains a close-knit atmosphere and emphasizes individual attention and engaged learning. Additional information can be found on the official web site: www.bartonesports.com
About East Coast Games Conference The largest gathering of video game professionals on the East Coast will return April 16th – 18th, 2019 at the Raleigh Convention Center. The East Coast Game Conference (ECGC) returns for its eleventh year. The focus of the conference is to provide video game developers an engaging program and opportunities for networking and collaboration. In 2019, in addition to great keynote speakers, there will be plenty of networking opportunities with some of the greatest minds in the industry. The conference is hosted by the Triangle Game Initiative, a trade association of video game companies in North Carolina. Additional information can be found on the official web site: www.ecgconf.com