Becker hosts High School Esports Invitational
Published on: January 29, 2020
Becker College’s inaugural High School Winter Esports Invitational — The Becker Esports Cup — is now underway.
On January 25, the state champion varsity esports teams from Shrewsbury High School (MA) and Woodstock Academy (CT) met in the College’s Colleen C. Barrett Center for Global Innovation and Entrepreneurship to compete in the first on-site match of the League of Legends tournament.
“This weekend was especially exciting as we welcomed both reigning Connecticut and Massachusetts State Champions on campus to compete against one another,” said Donald Desrochers, program director for Interactive Media Design Studios & Camps at Becker College.
In the coming weeks, Becker College will be hosting some of the most competitive high school esports teams from across New England. Those teams will compete in a round-robin style format until the final four teams are decided; from there the final four teams will play one semifinal round with the winners participating in a championship match.
“Our goal is to provide an outlet for some of New England High Schools most elite teams to come together, on campus here at Becker College, to interact and compete at the highest level against teams they otherwise may not have had the opportunity to compete against,” Desrochers said.
“We are excited to offer the Becker College Esports Cup to New England High School students to compete on campus and rub elbows with Becker College’s Varsity Esports team,” said Dr. Alan Ritacco, dean of Becker College’s School of Design and Technology.
Family members, friends, and coaches were invited to watch the tournament from the spectator’s lounge. In the end, Shrewsbury pulled out a 2-0 victory in a best of three format.
“I think that Becker is offering an amazing opportunity for the top teams of each state to duke it out against each other,” said Shrewsbury sophomore Raul Martins.
“Shrewsbury High School is honored to have been asked to participate in Becker’s first high school invitational. It’s a great feeling to be in on the ground level of something so new and watch it grow so quickly,” said Steve Mckinstry, Shrewsbury High School’s esports coach. “Even just a few years ago I wouldn’t have imagined esports, in general, would be as big as it is – never mind esports at the high school level, he said. “Now here we are with this fantastic opportunity to have some of the best high school teams in New England come together at Becker and compete. We’re really looking forward to showing everyone what SHS esports is all about and to continue growing our program!”
The Woodstock Academy team is a nationally recognized powerhouse and has been victorious in their past three Connecticut State championship competitions. After the competition, Woodstock Academy coach Thomas Young spoke about the space in the Barrett Center, and his team’s plans moving forward.
“We were very impressed with our setup — having your own building with so much space is such a benefit to the program,” Young said. “The separate rooms for teams and the gorgeous viewing room really made for a great experience. My students, although they lost, were grateful for the opportunity, and they now have something to work towards.”
This matchup was the second time in school history that Shrewsbury High and Woodstock Academy faced off, with their all-time series now tied at one win each, both teams look to build momentum and continue on the path that may lead them to square off again in the championship game to break the tie.