HU Storm takes first place in state collegiate League of Legends and Overwatch Tournament
First Annual Collegiate State Championship Crowns Harrisburg University and Drexel University PA Cup Tournament Champions
For the first time in collegiate esports, Pennsylvania crowned the top varsity or club esports teams in League of Legends, Overwatch and Hearthstone. This weekend, more than 30 teams from colleges and universities across Pennsylvania participated in the first annual PA Cup, a two-day League of Legends, Hearthstone, and Overwatch tournament for teams located across the state. Teams competed the entire weekend virtually from their home campus.
Harrisburg University of Science and Technology (Harrisburg University), the tournament’s host, dominated during qualifying rounds featuring top, heavy-hitting teams, including Villanova University, Lafayette University, Susquehanna University, Temple University, Kutztown University and Pennsylvania College of Technology to advance to Day 2 of the tournament. The Storm beat out University of Pennsylvania in the League of Legends final match winning 2-0, and took down Drexel University in Overwatch with a final score of 3-0. Drexel University edged out 3-0 over Lafayette University to capture the Hearthstone title.
“This is a premiere tournament experience and we are so proud that The Storm was able to stay focused as they went head to head with some major collegiate teams in the State,” said Chad Smeltz, Director of Esports at Harrisburg University. “This was a one-of-a-kind tournament experience and to have teams from Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and cities in between join in the PA Cup tournament is something to celebrate.”
More than 30 teams from 16 schools competed including:
- Harrisburg University (Harrisburg)
- University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia)
- Temple University (Philadelphia)
- Villanova University (Philadelphia)
- Penn State University (State College)
- Drexel University (Philadelphia)
- Lebanon Valley College (Annville)
- Pennsylvania College of Technology (Williamsport)
- Susquehanna University (Selinsgrove)
- DeSales University (Center Valley)
- University of Pittsburgh – Bradford (Bradford)
- Slippery Rock University (Slippery Rock)
- Kutztown University (Kutztown)
- Lafayette College (Easton)
- Albright College (Reading)
- East Stroudsburg University (East Stroudsburg)
“Harrisburg University is excited to have hosted such a successful tournament for so many prestigious universities in Pennsylvania,” said Dr. Eric Darr, HU President. “We saw an opportunity to set the bar for what we see as the State Championship in Esports, and we got a fantastic response. We look forward to hosting future tournaments that will continue to showcase the talents of teams right here in the Commonwealth.”
Harrisburg University and Drexel were presented the first ever PA Cup trophies. The winning schools’ names will be engraved on an official state championship trophy that will be on display at the State Capitol in Harrisburg.
For full tournament results, click Here.