The tides are changing as Esport stamps itself into mainstream sporting events.
Riot Games has announced today that League of Legends will be a sanctioned sport inside of Unigames, Australia’s largest multisport event series for university student-athletes.
Managed by Australian University Sport, the Regional and Australian University Games attract more than 15,000 student-athletes from tertiary institutions across Australia and feature 39 sports, now including League of Legends esports.
“This is an exciting time for League of Legends players as esports becomes more widely recognised as a competitive sport. We can’t wait to see university teams across Oceania compete and show off their skills,” said Daniel Ringland, Head of esports at Riot Games Oceania.
“The student engagement opportunities that result from the rapidly increasing popularity of esports across campuses in Australia has certainly grabbed our attention. Australian University Sport is keen to promote student experience through the League of Legends platform as yet another means of expanding our reach to broader campus communities,” said Don Knapp, CEO of Australian University Sport.
To claim the Australian University Games League of Legends esports title, teams in Australia and New Zealand need to progress through four stages:
1. Inter-University Tournaments – Teams need to enter their Inter-University Tournament during June at participating universities.
2. Regional Online Tournaments – The winners from each university will compete in regional online tournaments (5-7 July), including Eastern (New South Wales, ACT), Northern (Queensland), Southern (Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania), New Zealand and Wildcard (regions not covered by the four groups).
3. Nationals – The top teams from each region will then play in an online round robin to determine who will make the final.
4. Australian University Games – The finalists from Nationals will head to Perth to play for the title in front of a live crowd at the Australian University Games (25-30 September).
To find out more about the League of Legends University Games competition talk to your local club! Find your club at: http://promo.oce.leagueoflegends.com/en/uni-clubs/