Becker wins inaugural Overwatch Invitational Tournament
Published on: November 6, 2019
Becker College’s Varsity Esports Overwatch team has won the College’s inaugural Overwatch Invitational Tournament, which was held on November 1. Teams competing included the University of Mississippi, Murray State University, and New England College, with Becker College competing and serving as the host institution.
In the first round, Becker beat Murray State 2-0 in a best of 3 round, while Ole Miss won out over NEC 2-0. In the final round, it was Becker over Ole Miss 3-0 out of a best of 5.
“We couldn’t be more pleased by our performance during the tournament,” said Tim Loew, general manager of Becker Varsity Esports. “We are thankful to have had such a great group of teams involved in helping make the evening a fun and successful one.”
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.”
The matches were all played online and can be viewed on Twitch at Becker_Esports.