HUE Fest attracts thousands, grabs national attention

The Harrisburg University Esports and Music Festival (HUE Festival) drew thousands of guests to downtown Harrisburg last weekend and shined a national spotlight on the University and its new esports program.

Fans packed HU and the Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts as collegiate esports teams from across the U.S. came to HUE Festival to compete in two of esports’ biggest games, League of Legends and Overwatch, on Sept. 21-22.

Harrisburg University’s team, the HU Storm, even found itself battling for the Championship in both tournament competitions. The HU storm beat more than 18 schools to make it to the finals but ultimately placed second in both matches. Maryville University won the Overwatch tournament 2-1, and Columbia College took home the League of Legends championship.

As the esports teams battled inside, crowds lined Market and Third streets, enjoying food trucks, a beer garden, and music from local and national acts, including Alien Ant Farm, LIT and Atlas Genius. Other vendors from across the nation also set up booths downtown during the event.

Local and national media groups provided great coverage of HUE Festival, before, during and after the event.

Below are links to some of the coverage:

ESPN: HUE Fest puts Harrisburg esports front and center 

ABC27: Harrisburg University Esports Festival boosts local business

PennLive: Here’s how Harrisburg University fared in its first esports tournament, HUe festival 

CBS21: Students came from all over the country for an esports tournament in Harrisburg

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