New esports collegiate championship set for Saturday, February 17, at ASU Tempe campus, with free and reserved seating options
The 2017 college football season may be over, but Fiesta Bowl fever lives on for fans of collegiate esports. Join the fun for the new Fiesta Bowl Overwatch Collegiate Championship, on the campus of Arizona State University, to witness the crowning of the top collegiate Overwatch team in the country.
All the action, including the semifinals, finals, and an exhibition showmatch between Arizona State University and University of Arizona, goes down on February 17.
Tickets are now available at FiestaBowl.org, with limited Reserved Seating tickets available for $10. These guarantee a spot in a preferred seating location, plus Tespa-themed t-shirts, gaming mouse pads and other gear. Free general admission tickets are also available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Doors open at 2 pm MST, followed by four thrilling Overwatch matches, as defending champion UC Berkeley looks for back-to-back national championships. ASU’s Sun Devil Fitness Complex on the ASU Tempe Campus will host the event.
UC Irvine vs. UC San Diego, 3:00 p.m. MST
University of Toronto vs. UC Berkeley, 4:30 p.m. MST
Showmatch: Arizona State vs. University of Arizona, 6:00 p.m. MST
Fiesta Bowl Overwatch National Championship, 7:00 p.m. MST
In addition to the high stakes matches, on-site activities include giveaways during the show, a Blizzard gear store featuring the latest apparel and swag, food truck concessions and more still to be announced.
For those who can’t make it to Arizona, the Fiesta Bowl Overwatch Collegiate National Championship matches will be streamed live on Twitch and MLG.com, presented by the following crew of casters:
- Alberto ‘Crumbz’ Rengifo (@prophetcrumbz)
- Andrew ‘ZP’ Rush (@tempozp)
- Cora Georgiou (@Songbird_HS)
- James ‘Jamerson’ Lee (@SetJetJamerson)
A field of more than 300 teams battled throughout the fall 2017 semester, and now the final four teams will compete live for the championship in Tespa’s prestigious Overwatch esports program. The six players on the winning team will each receive $7,000 in scholarship money, and together will be known as the Fiesta Bowl Overwatch Collegiate National Champions.
The first-of-its-kind esports partnership between a college football bowl organization and a game publisher brings the top four collegiate Overwatch teams to Arizona for the semifinals and championship match of this year’s Tespa Overwatch Collegiate Series. With seven national championship games in its 47-year history, the Fiesta Bowl is a pillar of college football and starts a new tradition with the first Fiesta Bowl Overwatch Collegiate National Championship.
Since its inception in 1971, the Fiesta Bowl has been a trend-setter in college sports. It was the first organization to create a national championship football game and the first bowl game to secure a title sponsor, which is now commonplace. When the BCS National Championship was formed, the Fiesta Bowl hosted the initial championship.
The Fiesta Bowl organization is proud of its record level of charitable giving with more than $2.5 Million to Arizona nonprofit organizations, including nearly $750,000 to Arizona teachers through the Wishes for Teachers program.
Overwatch was created by globally acclaimed publisher Blizzard Entertainment, known for iconic franchises such as World of Warcraft®, Hearthstone®, StarCraft®, and Heroes of the Storm®, many of which have laid the foundations and helped push the boundaries of professional esports over the last 15 years. The team-based shooter was built from the ground up for online competition, with memorable characters and fast-paced action designed for the most engaging gameplay and spectator experiences. Overwatch was named Game of the Year at The Game Awards, D.I.C.E. Awards, and Game Developers Choice Awards.
About the Fiesta Bowl
The Fiesta Bowl is a world-class community organization that executes innovative experiences, drives economic growth and champions charitable causes, inspiring pride in all Arizonans. As a nonprofit organization, it believes in the importance of community outreach and service. Through charitable giving, the organization strives to enhance Arizona nonprofit organizations that contribute to the success of communities through youth, sports and education. Since 1971, the Fiesta Bowl has worked to increase its footprint across the state and work to benefit Arizonans year-round, during and outside of bowl season.
About Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.
Best known for blockbuster hits including World of Warcraft, Hearthstone, Overwatch, the Warcraft, StarCraft, and Diablo® franchises, and the multi-franchise Heroes of the Storm, Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. (www.blizzard.com), a division of Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI), is a premier developer and publisher of entertainment software renowned for creating some of the industry’s most critically acclaimed games. Blizzard Entertainment’s track record includes twenty-one #1 games* and multiple Game of the Year awards. The company’s online-gaming service is one of the largest in the world, with millions of active players.
*Sales and/or downloads. Based on internal company records and reports from key distribution partners.
Tespa is the premier college gaming network in North America, dedicated to creating a home for gamers on every campus. Recognized as the leader in college esports, Tespa cultivates student communities that host epic gaming events on campuses in the United States and Canada, and plans to distribute more than $1 million in scholarship prizing in 2017-2018 through intercollegiate leagues. Tespa has had more than 5000 teams from more than 1200 universities compete in its college tournaments and has empowered student leaders to become entrepreneurs in the gaming industry.