Becker to Host Inaugural Overwatch Invitational Tournament
Published on: October 30, 2019
Becker College’s Varsity Esports Program is excited to announce that its inaugural Overwatch Invitational Tournament will take place on Friday, November 1. Teams competing will include the University of Mississippi, Murray State University, and New England College, with Becker College competing and serving as the host institution.
Becker, the first college in New England to launch a varsity esports program, counts 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 active student-led esports and gaming tournaments clubs. The College, ranked #3 in the world by The Princeton Review for its renowned game design academic programs, is also the first-in-the-nation to offer a degree in esports management.
“Becker is a national leader when it comes to esports,” said Tim Loew, general manager of Becker Varsity Esports. “Overwatch has strong support on our campus. We know that to be the best, you have to play the best. By hosting a tournament of this caliber, we feel that we’re doing just that.”
Becker’s varsity Overwatch team, led by Coach Nicholas “Shifty” Travis, is 20-6 in Tespa play so far this season, featuring big wins over UCLA, Wichita State University, and the University of South Carolina. Coach “Shifty,” whose credentials include successful stints at Dignitas and the Overwatch Contenders British Hurricane, was recently named to the role and has already made a positive impact on the Becker team.
“When we launched our varsity Overwatch program, one of our goals was to create a top-tier event. We are honored that three great teams accepted our invitation to play in our inaugural tournament,” said Coach “Shifty.” “We’re really excited to play—and may the best team win.”
The matches, which will all be played online, will be streamed on Twitch at Becker_Esports beginning at 6:30 pm.
“Our team, the Ole Miss Rebels, is super excited to compete in Becker’s Overwatch Invitational Tournament,” said Austin Turner, Ole Miss Rebels Overwatch chairman and community coordinator. “We appreciate the invite and cannot wait to see what kind of competition Becker has rallied together. Good luck to everyone competing, and can’t wait to see you in game!”