Thursday, January 30, 2020

Esports Tournaments Start Friday at Paul Smith’s

eswg logoAn Invitational Collegiate Overwatch tournament and two additional open esports tournaments are set to be held at the 40th Annual Empire State Winter Games (EWSG), January 30-February 2.

All three of the tournaments will be held at Paul Smith’s College.

The Invitational Overwatch tournament features 21 teams from colleges within the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC). Some of this year’s teams competing include: Alfred State College, the University at Albany, St. Rose, Quinnipiac University, and Lackawanna College.

There are three rounds of play, followed by the semifinals and finals. The final four teams will compete in the finals, which take place on Saturday, February 1 at Paul Smith’s College’s new state-of-the-art esports competition center. The grand prize is $2,000.

The ESWG will also be hosting a Super Smash Bros open play tournament on Friday, January 31 and an ESWG Madden NFL 20 tournament on Saturday, February 1. The prize for first place finishers in each tournament will receive $300. The prize for second place is $200, and the third place prize is $100.

More than 2,500 athletes from across the state and beyond are expected to participate in the 40th Annual ESWG. This year’s title sponsor of the ESWG is Community Bank, N.A.

Additional information about the ESWG is available on their website.

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2 Responses

  1. Andy says:

    So sad it has come to this.

    The once-prestigious Empire State Winter Games has fallen so far. I used to work hard to qualify and wear my ESG jackets with pride, now it’s embarrassing.

  2. Todd says:

    This is beyond ridiculous. How is this a winter sport? I understand Ice Hockey and skating are done inside but there is some type of athleticism involved. Maybe I am missing something but this is basically a video game tournament

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