UCCS will host its first eSports tournament and summit, Climb to Glory, featuring keynote speakers and a panel on dynamics and challenges to the development of eSports Oct. 27 in Berger Hall.
“eSports is quickly growing and becoming increasingly important across the world,” said Jeffrey Montez de Oca, director, Center for Critical Sport Studies; and associate professor, Department of Sociology. “Championship tournaments have had more viewership than the Super Bowl – plus there’s scholarships for players at some schools, clubs and teams across college campuses.”
Collegiate eSports teams will play in qualifying matches during the tournament, leading up to the championship. Teams will compete in:
- Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
- League of Legends
- Smash 4
The summit will feature two keynote speakers and a panel covering a variety of eSport topics.
- Kurt Melcher, Intersport, will speak on the history of eSports, defining and recognizing it as an official sport, and the future of the sport. 11:10 a.m. – 12 p.m. followed by Q&A.
- John Holden, University of Oklahoma, will speak on the legal and ethical aspects in eSports and the future legal/ethical implications of the sport. 1 – 2 p.m. followed by Q&A.
Ethics and Access Panel members:
- Andrea Braithwaite, University of Ontario, will focus on “geek” masculinity within eSports.
- Adrienne Massanari, University of Illinois, Chicago, will address Gamergate, gender and access within gaming, and “geek” masculinity within eSports.
- Matthew R Aguilar-Champeau, University of Minnesota, will speak to race, diversity, and masculinity in video game culture.
The panel happens from 3 – 4 p.m. followed by a question and answer session and will be facilitated by Chris Bell, associate professor, Department of Communication.
“We’re going to have a great time and it should be a very interesting, fun and dynamic event between the tournament and summit,” Montez de Oca said.
Attendees can register here. Parking is free the day of the event.