Overwatch, League of Legends, Rocket League Join March Madness in Las Vegas
March Madness is not just for basketball anymore. Three top-tier esports are taking the season of madness over in the name of college gaming. This year, the Mountain West Conference at UNLF in Las Vegas will feature Overwatch, League of Legends, and Rocket League tournaments.
Called the MW Esports Showdown, the event is hailed as the first to incorporate multiple esports titles in a traditional college sports tournament series. UNLV will face off against Boise State in each of the above-mentioned esports March 8-10.
Mountain West Commissioner Craig Thompson said the conference has always been open to trying new things. Thompson noted the boom in esports' popularity, as well as the addition of video game programming, technology, and business to university curriculums.
Boise State program director, Chris Haskell, said he hopes the event encourages gamers who are currently fighting for recognition on their campus.
Matches in the MW Esports Showdown will be open to the public at the Strip View Pavillion on March 8 and 9. The Main Event is slated to take place on March 10 at Cox Pavilion. All events will be free for ticketholders to the men's or women's basketball championships.
Esports is slowly making its way into college sports culture. Other conferences to incorporate esports tournaments include The Big Ten and the Peach Belt Conference. The Big Ten broadcasts an annual League of Legends tournament on the Big Ten Network, while the Peach Belt plans to host its first LAN League of Legends conference championship this year.