High school League of Legends esports teams from Carmel, Avon, South Bend and three other communities will battle head-to-head Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 19 and 20, at IUPUI as they vie for $30,000 in IUPUI scholarships.
The six teams emerged victorious from an intense monthlong online tournament of the popular game League of Legends that was organized by Gamers Hall, an IUPUI student group.
The winning team will walk away with $15,000 in scholarships; $10,000 goes to the second-place team, and third place gets the remaining $5,000.
League of Legends teams consist of five players who control unique champions, each with their own design and abilities. Team members work together to take down the opposing team’s base.
The teams playing in this competition are from the following schools:
Avon High School, Avon, Indiana
Carmel High School, Carmel, Indiana
East Noble High School, Kendallville, Indiana
Northwestern High School, Kokomo, Indiana
John Adams High School, South Bend, Indiana
AlWood High School, Woodhull, Illinois
The tournament will be played in the theater on the lower level of the IUPUI Campus Center, 420 University Blvd. Admission is free and open to the public. Gameplay will also be streamed on Oct. 19 and Oct. 20 via Twitch. Teams will be seated on the theater stage, with gameplay projected onto a screen behind them.
Esports is online, team-based video gaming that is surging in popularity at IUPUI, in Indianapolis and around the world. The five-year-old IUPUI student group Gamers Hall gathers hundreds of esports-loving students to compete against each other, and against other universities, in a variety of games weekly.
“College campuses are recognizing that the top esports players are often also our top students and top young-professional earners in STEM-related fields,” said Zebulun Wood, a co-director of the undergraduate media arts and science program in the School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI. “IUPUI faculty, parents and alumni are valuing gaming like never before.”
In addition to live tournament play, attendees can also compete in a Smash Brothers tournament from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. Local nonprofit Indy Indies will host several independent developer games for people to play, try and discuss from 6 to 10 p.m. that day.