Street Fighter 5 University Tournament

I bet that at some point in your life, you sat down with your friends and played fighting games like Mortal Kombat, Tekken and such. Am I right? These games used to make my friends and I completely forget about what time it is. Oh just how many times we were late for school because we were playing Mortal Kombat. But today, we’ll be talking about Street Fighter. The University Network Gaming Society is proud to organize the Street Fighter 5 tournament at Your University.

If you’ve never played Street Fighter, here’s what it’s all about

Street Fighter is a franchise of fighting video games developed and published by Capcom. The first game was released all the way back in 1987, followed by five main games and numerous spin-offs and crossovers. I’ve no need to talk about fighting games, as you probably know what it is. On the off chance that you don’t, I’ll be brief. It’s a video game that pits two players against each other in an MMA-like combat style with the goal of defeating your opponent. In addition, players also have access to special abilities with high damage that can be used against their opponent.

Street Fighter 5 match
Street Fighter V

Street Fighter was one of the most popular eSports games. The tournaments and events were held constantly in the past. Recently the game popularity has unfortunately dwindled. However, tournaments are still held from time to time and the game lives on.

Details about our tournament

This time, we wanted to make a bigger tournament for more players. So we decided to have a total of 50 players, in 1 versus 1 brackets. Each match will consist of 3 games. Single elimination format, winner moves on. In other words, you lose one match, you’re out. Maps are selected randomly. However, the twist is that there is no time limit on games. The winner will receive exclusive Street Fighter gaming peripherals and gear, including a PC case. The two runner-ups will be rewarded with mousepads. In conclusion, start practicing if you want to win cool rewards!

To sign up for the tournament, email us at event@sotongamesoc.com. Please include your name and your gamer tag. We’re looking forward to seeing you there very soon!

Rocket League University Event

I mean, rocket-powered cars zooming around a soccer field trying to hit a giant ball towards the opponent’s goal. What’s not to like there? That game seems like a home-run when talking about wacky new video game ideas. Well, that’s exactly what Rocket League is. Today, the University Network Gaming Society is looking to organize an event and tournament around this game.

What is Rocket League anyways?

Well, it’s a vehicular soccer video game developed and published by Psyonix. The game was first released for Microsoft Windows and PS4 in 2015 and later in 2016 for XBOX, macOS, Linux, and Nintendo Switch. Usually described as “soccer, but with rocket-powered cars“, Rocket League is one of the most fun games I personally have ever played. The objective of this game is to kick the gigantic soccer ball towards the opponent’s goal area and score. There are a few game modes. The regular 1 versus 1, but also 2v2, 3v3 and 4v4. Across the soccer field, you can find speed boost orbs which fill up your “nitro” bar and allow you to use it and bump up your speed for a short period of time. Players’ cars also have the ability to jump up and fly around the field, kicking the ball mid-air, which to be honest, looks spectacular if done right.

Rocket League Wallpaper
Rocket League Wallpaper

With Rocket league becoming more and more popular, in March of 2016 Psyonix announced the first official Rocket League Championship Series. The finals took place in August of 2016 with a $55,000 prize pool. And soon after it’s release, Rocket League became an officially sponsored eSport, joining ESL. More than $1 million was made in revenues from the sales of in-game loot boxes and cosmetic items which allowed Psyonix to continue funding competitive events throughout the year.

Let’s talk about our tournament.

We’re organizing a tournament with 1 versus 1 and 2 versus 2 brackets. Each bracket will have 16 players (16 teams for 2v2 bracket with 32 players total). Each match will be played on a randomly selected map with single elimination and 3 games between each player/team. In other words, if you lose, you’re out. Rewards for the winners of each bracket will be announced at the event, but you can expect some cool gaming peripherals and gear, as well as in-game cosmetic items.

You can sign up for the tournament at event@sotongamesoc.com. The only requirement is for you to bring your own controller. Please be sure to include your and your teammate’s gamer tags. We’re looking forward to seeing you there, and best of luck!

Left 4 Dead University Co-op Event

Remember those times when you would play split-screen co-op (cooperative) video games on your TV? Games like Super Mario Kart, Goldeneye 007, Halo and many more. I bet all gamers remember those times fondly. Well, we won’t exactly be playing split screen games, but something similar. And that game is Left 4 Dead 2. The University Network Gaming Society is organizing a co-op event at Your University.

But first, let’s talk about this game and co-op games in general.

Left 4 Dead is a series of co-op FPS (first-person shooter), survival horror video games developed and published by Valve Corporation. Left 4 Dead takes place after a pandemic outbreak infection that transforms humans into zombies. In the United States, the Civil Emergency and Defense Agency (CEDA) creates safe zones with the aid of the military and evacuates as many people as possible. Some people, however, are immune to the infection, but they can carry and transfer the disease unintentionally. Four of these “carriers” are our main characters: Coach, Ellis, Nick, and Rochelle.

left 4 dead 2 wallpaper
Left 4 Dead 2 Wallpaper

Left 4 Dead 2 is a co-op game, meaning you play with 3 other players. Your goal in the game is to survive and complete each mission until the campaign ends. In other words, your goal is to survive. There is a huge arsenal of weapons for you to choose from. You have 3 weapon slots, main weapons (for assault rifles, shotguns and such), a secondary weapon (pistols with unlimited ammo) and the third slot is for throwables (grenades, Molotov cocktails, pipe bombs, etc). A health bar is used to track a character’s health points, which can be regenerated with health packs. If the player’s HP drops to zero, they are knocked down and have to be healed by a friendly player before the time runs out.

Details about our Left 4 Dead Event

We will have 4 sets of 4 PCs, so 16 in total. Each team of 4 players will be able to enjoy this game and try to finish the campaign. We thought it would be fun to reward the team that finishes the campaign in the least amount of time. But we’re not revealing the rewards until after the event ends. So keep practicing, we have something cool in store for you. There will also be a gaming booth where you’ll be able to buy cool gaming peripherals and gear.

You can sign up for the event at event@sotongamesoc.com. Be sure to include your name, and bring as many friends as you can, there’s no requirement for signing up like on our other tournaments. We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

Clash Royale University Tournament

Many people say that mobile gaming is the future. Do you agree with this? Personally, I just think that the more platforms we have for gaming, the better. One of the most popular mobile games is Clash Royale. And University Network Gaming Society is here to organize the tournament for this mobile game at Your University.

But let’s talk about Clash Royale and mobile gaming in general first. Mobile gaming started getting more and more popular following the release of smartphones. Our mobile devices started getting better and better, and along with the development of this technology, naturally, mobile game popularity rose. In other words, you were actually being able to play games on your phone. Even some tournaments were organized for these games, with pretty hefty cash rewards. For example, the prize money for Clash Royale league in 2018 was $1 million.

First look at Clash Royale
Clash Royale’s Early Days

Developed and published by Supercell, Clash Royale was released on March 2nd of 2016. It combines the elements of tower defense and collectible card games. The game pits two players in a 1 versus 1 scenario, with the objective to destroy the opponent’s King’s Tower. In addition, there are 2 Princess Towers you have to destroy before reaching King’s Tower. You do so by playing cards you have previously collected from chests you receive by winning matches. There’s a mana-like system for gaining resources. In other words, you use this “elixir” to play cards, and each card has it’s elixir cost.

Let’s talk about our Clash Royale tournament

Now that you know what the game is all about, be prepared to get completely hooked. There will be multiple brackets of 16 players. The format will be a standard 1 versus 1 single elimination, but with 3 matches. The map is randomly selected anyways, so we can not control that. The winner of each bracket will receive an exclusive phone mask for their phone plus some gems to spend in the in-game store. Runner-up receives only in-game currency and few chests.

To sign up for the tournament, email us at event@sotongamesoc.com and don’t forget to include your name and your gamer tag. There are no requirements for joining, except for having a smartphone. So everyone is welcome to participate. We’re looking forward to seeing you there very soon!

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!

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.

Hearthstone: The Witchwood
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!

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!