Becker wins Overwatch Invitational Tournament
Published on: April 6, 2020
Becker College’s Varsity Esports has won the spring Overwatch Invitational Tournament, which was held online on Sunday, April 5. In addition to Becker, the teams that competed in the event included the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Murray State University, and Emerson College.
“It’s always exciting to win, especially when you’re competing against great opponents,” said Timothy Loew, general manager of Becker College’s varsity esports program. “Having UMass Amherst, Emerson, and Murray State all involved was the real victory.”
Becker won the tournament by beating UMass Amherst 3-1 in the final. Prior to that, Becker overpowered Emerson, and UMass Amherst shutout Murray State.
Becker, the first college in New England to establish a varsity esports program, has seven players on the varsity Overwatch team and more than a dozen on junior varsity and club teams. In addition to varsity esports, Becker is also home to student-led esports and gaming tournaments clubs. The College, ranked #2 in the world by The Princeton Review for its highly-regarded undergraduate game design academic programs, is also the first-in-the-nation to offer a degree in esports management.
Becker’s varsity Overwatch team, led by Coach Nicholas “Shifty” Travis, also won its inaugural Overwatch Invitational Tournament last November by outplaying the University of Mississippi.
“After launching our varsity program, one of our next goals was to foster traditions like the creation of fall and spring invitational tournaments,” said Travis. “We’re really excited to play against such strong competitors.”
The matches were all played online, with viewing information shared @BeckerEsports on Twitter prior to the tournament.
To learn more about Becker College’s undergraduate game design programs, as well as other majors offered through the School of Design & Technology, please visit https://www.becker.edu/academic/academic-programs/design-technology/