Fortnite Battle Royale University Event

You knew this was coming, let’s be honest. Fortnite is one of the most popular games in the world right now. It seems like literally everyone is playing it. That’s why we thought it would be a good idea to organize an event around it at Your University.

First released on July 25th in 2017, Fortnite: Save the World is a survival co-op third-person shooter game where up to four players fight zombie-like creatures and defend and build their own forts. By September of 2017, Epic Games released Fortnite: Battle Royale as a free to play game mode of the original game. This version rapidly gained players, with over 10 million players in its first two weeks. This rapid growth forced Epic to separate their development team to continue working on Save the World next to Battle Royale.

With the introduction of skins and other cosmetic items to Battle Royale, Epic quickly gathered enough financial resources to organize absolutely huge events that featured the most popular streamers and YouTubers, promoting the game even further. One of such events was a live stream by Tyler “Ninja” Blevins. It was a live stream sponsored by Red Bull on New York’s Time Square. 12 hours of Fortnite content with famous guests on New Year’s Eve, absolutely amazing. In addition, Ninja and Red Bull gave out over $100.000 in bits.

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Fortnite: Battle Royale

Fortnite Battle Royale event details

First of all, and this is the most fun part, we are having a Fortnite Battle Royale tournament. There will be three game modes:

  • Single Free For All (Up to 60 players)
  • Duo (Up to 30 teams)
  • Squad (3 or 4 players per squad, up to 60 total players)

The winner of each bracket will be rewarded with some cool gaming peripherals. Fortnite mouse pads, headsets, shirts, and much more stuff will be given out throughout the event. And the best part, the player with the most kills at the end of the event will receive an exclusive Fortnite PC Case

You will also be able to play Fortnite: Save the World campaign with 3 other friends, and enjoy a Creative competition. Our team will decide on the best built and most fun map in Creative, and the first 3 places will receive surprise rewards.

Sign up for the tournament at event@sotongamesoc.com. Please include your name, and your (and your teammates) gamer tags. Also mention for which game mode you are signing up. We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

World of Warcraft Mythic+ Tournament

In the past, we’ve held tournaments in CS:GO, Rocket League, Dota 2, and many many more other games. But this time, let’s do something different. For those of you who play World of Warcraft, this will be an amazing opportunity to test your skills in Mythic+ Dungeon runs.

What is Mythic+?

Mythic+ is a new dungeon difficulty system in World of Warcraft. It’s based on these items called “Keystones”. Unlike Heroic and Mythic difficulties, the Mythic+ system is scaling according to your keystone. In addition, you have a set amount of time to complete the dungeon and earn more rewards. The keystones have their own “affixes” that enhance the dungeon you’re running. For example, a +5 Underrot key is more difficult than +2 Underrot.

Affixes in Mythic+ can vary from basic ones where enemies in the dungeon have more HP and deal more damage to the ones where slain enemies leave behind a toxic pool which deals damage to you and heals additional monsters that stand in it.

In addition, the faster you complete the dungeon, the more rewards you get and you further upgrade your key. For example, if you finish the dungeon in 20 minutes, rather than in 30, you will receive an additional item and your keystone will be upgraded by 3 levels, instead of 1 or 2.

The Tournament

Now that I have explained the basics of Mythic+, let’s get into the tournament details. You need a total of 5 players in your party. However, all 5 players are allowed to switch characters between matches. We will have 8 teams, and only 1 can be victorious.

Each match will be played in the same dungeon, with the same keystone level to ensure the best possible balance. You can choose your compositions and are allowed to interchange players between characters also. For example, you play a Mage, your friend plays a Priest, but you would like to play Priest in the next match. In that case, you can switch PCs with your teammate and play his character.

Mythic+ Chest in World of Warcraft

There will be rewards for the top 3 teams. We have prepared some amazing gaming peripherals for the winners, as well as in-game goodies such as mounts, pets and cosmetic items for everyone that participates.

If you don’t have a character

In case you’re not a regular World of Warcraft player and you don’t have the required gear or level for the tournament, don’t worry. All you need to do is visit Battleboost.com and order a service that will help you raise your item level or general level. For example, a good service that will boost your ilvl in no time is their WoW Mythic Carry. With this boost, you will be carried through the newest raid on Mythic difficulty and will receive all the rewards, including the title and the end boss mount.

Go ahead and boost your character, and we will see you at the tournament very soon! Best of luck to everyone who participates!

Yet Another Tabletop University Event

Recently, the University Gaming Network Society organized a board game event at few universities across the US. Since it was a huge success, we are looking to bring it back, but this time, we will be focusing on RPG tabletop games like Dungeons & Dragons, Shadowrun, Blades in the Dark and many more!

Let’s explain tabletop RPGs first.

What you need to know about these types of games is that they can last for hours and hours. Also known as pen-and-paper role-playing games, participants describe their characters through speech. There are a certain set of rules that must be followed, but players have the freedom to improvise, meaning that their choices shape the outcome of the game. But before you start the game, each of the players assigns themselves a role they would like to play. Characteristics and statistics are recorded on a form called “Character Sheet“. Most of the time, character’s stats are based on the class you pick, but you have the freedom to change it up a bit. That is the basic tabletop RPG model.

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One of the first role-playing games was M. A. R. Barker‘s Empire of the Petal Throne, released in 1974. But the most popular tabletop RPG is, and you’ve guessed it, Dungeons & Dragons, released also in 1974. In its first year, roughly 1000 copies were sold, followed by 3000 in 1975. In 2005, products branded Dungeons & Dragons made up over 50% of the RPG tabletop products. And even today, in 2019, you can still hear about the game here and there, showing just how tabletop RPGs withstood the test of time.

Our tabletop event, what is it about?

Well, we are bringing everything to you. We have hundreds of games to show off and play with you. There will also be some cool stuff for you to buy and bring home. We’ve managed to even dig up an exclusive Dungeons & Dragons original 1974 game. One proud gamer will be able to take it home after the event ends.

You can sign up for the event at event@sotongamesoc.com. There are no requirements this time, just invite your friends to come along and let’s enjoy this unique experience. We’re looking forward to seeing you there soon!

PUBG Battle Royale University Event

At this point, you must have heard about PUBG (Playerunkown’s Battlegrounds). It’s a battle royale game everyone’s been talking about and playing recently. There were even some official tournaments with hefty cash rewards. So, it being a very competitive game, we are looking to organize an event at Your University!

First of all, let’s talk about this “Battle Royale” game mode that has swept the gaming scene by surprise these past few years. Battle Royale game mode is a genre that has the elements of survival, exploration, eliminating your opponents and staying the last man standing at the end of the match. There are hundreds of players in a single match, each of them fighting to survive and win the game. Some examples of the more popular Battle Royale games are:

Recently, in 2017 and 2018, this game mode has completely taken over the gaming scene with the release of Fortnite’s Battle Royale mode and PUBG. Suddenly everyone was playing these games. The most popular streaming platform Twitch.tv had Fortnite and PUBG consistently at numbers 1 and 2 of the games with most viewers, sometimes even reaching millions. So you kind of have the idea how popular this game mode has become.

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PUBG Wallpaper

Let’s get into the good stuff! PUBG Battle Royale event details.

We will have few game modes this time. Those will be:

  • Single Free For all (Up to 60 players)
  • Duo (Up to 30 teams)
  • And Squads (Anywhere from 3 to 5 players per team, up to 60 players total)

We will organize everything for you! All you need to do is sign up and bring your teammates. What you need to compete:

  • Your own setup (Mouse, Keyboard, Headset, etc)
  • Bring your PC or a laptop, or have the University provide one for you

The winners of each game mode will be rewarded with some cool gaming peripherals, and the winner with most total kills at the end of the event will receive a custom built gaming PC, so better start practicing! There are also going to be booths at which you can buy some cool stuff and try out some other games.

This is a whole day event, so cancel your plans if you don’t want to miss a thing. We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

RPG University Gaming Event

I would bet that every single gamer reading this right now has at least at some point in their life tried some type of RPG (Role-Playing Game), am I right? Think games like Elder Scrolls, The Witcher, Final Fantasy, and many more. Today, the University Gaming Network Society (that’s us!) is looking to bring an RPG gaming event to Your University!

First of all, if you’re new to Role-Playing Games, let’s talk about what an RPG is. The definition of RPG is a game in which you assume the role of a fictional character in a, most of the time, fantasy or sci-fi setting. In RPGs, you navigate this fictional world, working through the narrative and completing quests and side quests. These types of games are fun because your actions usually have consequences and you must think about your next step very carefully.

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

What people like about modern Role-Playing Games is that their narrative is so rich with incredible characters, voice acting and all different types of situations you can find yourself in. Personally, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is the best RPG I have ever played, no doubt at all. The game is just, simply put, a masterpiece. The story, the side quests, combat, etc, is right on point. Especially the world. But I would assume that’s due to the game being based on a book series by a Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski.

At the end of the day, all gamers enjoy a well put-together RPG. So that is why we want everyone to experience these amazing games.

The RPG Event itself, let’s talk about it.

If you’re a big fan of RPGs like myself, you will definitely enjoy what we have in store for you. You will be able to try out both new and old classic RPG games with your friends, play co-op campaigns and meet other gamers. We will also have some cool gaming peripherals for you to buy and souvenirs to bring home!

Unlike the events and tournaments we organized in the past, this will be a 2-day event. So even if you can’t be there on day one, we are making sure you don’t miss a thing!

So if you are an RPG enthusiast, don’t be hesitant to come and hang out with us. We are looking forward to seeing you there!

World of Warcraft Arena Tournament

Welcome to yet another event organized by the University Network Gaming Society. In the past, we’ve held events such as CS:GO tournaments, tabletop tournaments, or DOTA 2 tournaments, but this time we’re bringing you something new. This time, we’ll be competing in World of Warcraft’s Arena.

What is Arena in World of Warcraft?

But first, for those of you who don’t play WoW, let me elaborate a bit. World of Warcraft is an MMORPG developed by Blizzard Entertainment and released back in 2004. Since then, the game has seen 7 expansion packs, with the latest being Battle For Azeroth.

Within the World of Warcraft, there’s a competitive system called the Arena. Arena is a small-scale environment where 3 players are pitted against 3 other players. The goal is to eliminate the opposing team and win the match. Usually teams will have 2 DPS and 1 Healer. This may sound boring at first, but wait until you get into it, it’s a ton of fun, trust me.

The best Arena players in World of Warcraft are rewarded with some pretty sweet in-game items such as one-time unique Gladiator flying mount and the Gladiator title, which are only obtainable once each season. That means that once you get a season-specific mount and title, it can never be obtained again, therefore making them the most sought after rewards in the game.

Tournament Details

As usual, we will have 16 teams competing for the trophy. Each team may have an additional back up player for a total of 4 players per team. In addition, each team may have 2 additional characters they can swap after each game if they choose to. That means that you will be able to play a total of 3 classes during the tournament, and you can swap between them at any given time.

Rewards for the top 3 teams will be some in-game goodies such as store mounts, pets, cosmetic items and so on.

WoW Arena Tournament Rewards
WoW Arena Tournament Rewards

I would also like to take a moment to thank BoostArmory for helping us organize this tournament and provide all the necessary equipment required for this to happen. If you’re a long time World of Warcraft player but would like to improve your standing in the game, I would recommend visiting their website and checking out their services. I have personally bought multiple boosts from them, including the WoW Arena Boost. If you don’t have the gear necessary to compete in the tournament, you can always count on BoostArmory to help you out with any gearing up or powerleveling.

University Hearthstone Event

We’ve all played card games at some point, right? Poker, Blackjack, Go Fish, etc. I’m sure that at some point you’ve heard about Magic: The Gathering, it’s a quite popular card game. Well, this time, we will be playing Hearthstone at Your University.

So you might be asking “What is Hearthstone?”. It was first announced at Penny Arcade Expo in 2013 and released in 2014. This quite fun, and let’s be honest, quite addicting card game quickly caught the attention of Blizzard fans. It was something different than what we would usually expect from the creators of the most popular MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game) of all time. Hearthstone is based on the fantasy World of Warcraft. WoW players all over the world were instantly interested in this new card game, and soon completely hooked.

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Hearthstone’s latest expansion, The Witchwood

Ever since the game’s release, Blizzard has held many tournaments, including the World Championship at Blizzcon. There were hundreds of players qualifying, but only a handful made it to the championship. In 2017 prize pool for Hearthstone World Championship was a whopping 1 million USD.

Aside from the classic 1 versus 1 card game format, Hearthstone also offers some RPG-ish elements to its players. Appropriately named “Adventures”, in this game mode you can create your own, or use your classic PVP deck to play against computer-controlled “Bosses”. Don’t overestimate these Adventures, because they can be quite tricky, but also offer amazing cards as rewards for victory.

Let’s get into the good stuff, the Hearthstone event itself!

First of all, everything you need to participate is a Battle.net account, which is free to create on Blizzard‘s official website, and your own PC or a laptop. We will be holding a 1 versus 1 single-elimination tournament with 16 players, and also offering players to experience the new Adventures. There will also be enough free card packs for everyone, and exclusive Adventure giveaways.

We are looking forward to seeing you there!

Board Games University Event

Remember those times, before video games took over, when you would spend hours on end playing Monopoly, Risk, Scrabble, and many other board games? I bet we all remember that very fondly, and board games will always have a special place in our hearts. Well, today, we are looking to bring back that nostalgia to Your University.

You might think: “It’s 2019, aren’t board games already dead at this point?”. While that might be true for the most part, there is still a quite large audience that enjoys board games. Every year, hundreds of tabletop conventions are organized all over the world, in addition to tournaments, people can reveal their own board games! Large conventions are always huge, bringing in up to 200,000 people. There you can compete in gaming tournaments, play some of the newest and unreleased board games, buy cool stuff, and much more.

DnD board game

Today, when you hear the word “gaming” your first thought is “video games”, right? Well, back in the day you would think “Dungeons & Dragons“. The original RPG. Games lasting hours and hours, hanging out with your friends until you finish the campaign, eating junk food and drinking soda. Those were the good times. But we all know we can’t have that feeling again, and that’s perfectly fine.

So, is this really happening? Yes, we want to bring tabletop games to you!

Tell all your friends, and bring them along. University Gaming Society is coming to Your University with LOADS of different tabletop games. These are just some examples of what we have in store for you:

  • Board game tournaments
  • New games you’ve probably never heard of
  • You will get to meet some tabletop game designers and authors
  • Play a lot of games
  • Buy tabletop games, cards, exclusive gaming pieces, and much more
  • Meet other gamers and make friends!

We are looking forward to seeing you there, and of course, everyone is welcome!

Starcraft 2 Tournament

Starcraft 2 University Tournament

If you liked games like Warcraft 3, Age of Mythology, Age of Empires and such growing up, then you will surely enjoy this new tournament we are organizing at Your University. The game in question is, none other but the king of RTS (Real Time Strategy), Starcraft 2.

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BLIZZARD ENTERTAINMENT’S STARCRAFT 2: WINGS OF LIBERTY

Developed by Blizzard Entertainment in 2010, after many years (12 to be exact) of the original Starcraft, Blizzard Entertainment fans finally got a taste of a modern and balanced RTS experience. The game is known for its huge learning curve. In addition, it’s often being called the hardest game to master. Everyone can play and be somewhat good, of course, but to really master this RTS is no easy task. The game was most popular in South Korea, so naturally, the best players were Korean. Every year, at Blizzard Entertainment’s event “Blizzcon” we are able to see an amazing performances from these RTS masters.

Blizzcon 2015
BLIZZCON 2015

What you’re actually here for! Starcraft 2 Tournament at Your University.

UN Gaming Society is proud to present the first RTS Tournament at any University in the US. To make the experience enjoyable for everyone, we have a few rules and requirements.

We will have 16 spots in the tournament, and the only competition format will be 1 versus 1. Each match will contain 3 maps, which means best of 3. Each player may select a map of their choice, and if the third match is to be played, the map will be randomly selected between the Blizzard’s official 1 versus 1 Ladder maps, which are:

  • Automaton
  • Cyber Forest
  • Kairos Junction
  • King’s Cove
  • New Repugnancy
  • Port Alexander
  • Year Zero

In conclusion, the matches will be limited to 30 minutes in real time, and 2 matches are to be played at a time.

Requirements for entering the tournament are:

  • You must bring your own setup (keyboard, mouse, headset) or have the University provide one for you
  • You must have a Battle.net account which is free to download on Blizzard’s official website

Sign up for the tournament at event@sotongamesoc.com . Please be sure to include your name and your Battle.net gamer tag.

We are looking forward to seeing you there very soon!

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) Tournament at your University

Everyone likes video games, right? Well, not everyone, but chances are that if you are reading this, you enjoy spending your free time playing video games. That is why, today, we would like to bring a CS:GO tournament at Your University.

Ever heard of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, or just CS:GO for short? It is a First-Person Shooter (FPS) multiplayer game developed by Valve in 2012 that pits two teams of 5 players against each other (Terrorists versus Counter-Terrorists) tasked to eliminate the other team or complete an objective and win the match.

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ESL CS:GO TOURNAMENT

The first version of Counter-Strike was a mod for Valve’s very popular game Half-Life before it’s original release in 2000. The game was a HUGE hit worldwide, and still is to this day, with official Valve tournaments happening every few months each year with cash rewards up to a few million USD. In 2018, ELEAGUE Major CS:GO Tournament was watched by over a million people on the popular streaming platform Twitch.tv thus breaking the record for the most concurrent views on a single stream at the time.

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The first CS:GO tournament at Your University!

We are proud to present our first official CS:GO tournament at Your University. The rules are simple, and the requirements even simpler.

We will have two competition formats:

  • 1 versus 1 Single Elimination (20 rounds)
  • 5 versus 5 Single Elimination (30 rounds)

In 1 versus 1 format of the tournament, there will be 8 players playing against a randomly selected opponent. You will be playing on a small map designed for not more than 2 players.

In 5 versus 5 however, we will follow the standard CS:GO tournament format of 16 teams. That means single elimination and 30 rounds on Valve’s official map bracket. Maps on which these matches will be played are selected randomly, as there will only be one match between the teams.

Requirements for entering the tournament are:

  • You must have your own setup (Keyboard, mouse, headset)
  • You must bring your own PC (Or have the University provide one for you)
  • For the 5 versus 5 formats, you bring your own team of 5 players, plus one replacement player (6 total)

You can sign up for the CS:GO tournament at event@sotongamesoc.com. Please add which format you are signing up for, your first and last name, and your (and your teammates) gamer tags.

Looking forward to seeing you, and best of luck!