League of Legends University Event

We’ve already talked about MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) games in our previous post about the Dota 2 event we organized recently. But now, we’re talking about League of Legends and the event we’re putting together at Your University.

League of Legends (abbreviated LoL) is a MOBA game developed and published by Riot Games. The game follows a free-to-play model making revenue from microtransactions. In League of Legends, you play as an unseen “summoner” taking control for your “champion”. The objective of the game is the same as in every other MOBA game, level up your champion and destroy the enemy team’s “Nexus”, located at the opposing corner of the map. In addition, you earn gold by killing enemy champions and minions and use it to buy items and enhance your champion.

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2017 Summer European League of Legends tournament

League of Legends was well received upon its release in 2009 and has since gained a HUGE player base. By July of 2012, it was the most played PC game in North America and Europe. In January of 2014, over 67 million people played League of Legends per month. In terms of eSports as of June 2016, League of Legends has had over $29 million in prize money. The 2017 World Championship had 60 million unique viewers and a total prize pool of over $4 million.

Your University’s League of Legends event

University Network Gaming Society is proud to present our first LoL event and tournament. Following the basic Riot’s tournament format, there will be 16 teams in a standard 5 versus 5 format. The tournament is to be played on Summoner’s Rift map. The winner of each match goes forward, while the loser is out. In other words, it is a single elimination bracket. The winning team receives gaming peripherals as rewards, while the runner-up teams will receive Riot Points.

We’re also bringing gaming booths with PCs and consoles for you to try out other games and new releases. So tell your friends and come hang out with us and lets play some games!

To sign up for the League of Legends tournament email us at event@sotongamesoc.com. Don’t forget to include your name and your (and your teammates) gamer tags. We’re looking forward to seeing you there very soon!

Dota 2 University Event & Tournament

For quite some time, MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) games have been quite popular. Ever since League of Legends’ release, this genre has been one of the most played video game genres in the world. But Dota 2 is much much older than other games. And today, University Network Gaming Society is bringing Dota 2 event to Your University.

Dota 2 was developed and published by Valve Corporation as a sequel to Defense of the Ancients (DotA). DotA was a mod for Blizzard Entertainment‘s video game Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos and its expansion pack Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne. The objective of the game is for each team to destroy an opponent’s Ancient, a structure at the opposing corner of the map. Dota 2, as every MOBA game out there, works on the basis of hero selection. At the start of the game, each player selects a hero they would like to play based on the role assigned to them. Each hero has different unique abilities and different play styles. During the match, players collect Experience Points and items to raise their hero’s power and eventually defeat the opposing team. In addition, as Dota 2 is free-to-play, revenue is made from microtransactions, such as loot boxes and the Battle Pass system called Dota Plus.

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The International Grand Finals

Dota 2 Esports Scene & Our Event

Being one of the most popular MOBAs, Dota 2 naturally has a large Esports scene. At Gamescom in August of 2011, Valve invited sixteen accomplished Defense of the Ancient esports teams to compete at a tournament. Two years later, it became an event known as The International. As a result, 7 years later, in 2018, the prize pool for The International reached a whopping $25 million. Tournament’s prize pool is crowdfunded through sales of Dota 2 Battle Pass.

Now, let’s talk about our event. We will hold a tournament plus some extra stuff for you to enjoy. There will be only one format, 5 versus 5 on Valve’s official map. Sixteen teams bracket in single elimination. In addition, each team will have a randomly selected opponent. The winning team of this tournament will receive cool gaming peripherals. However, we have also prepared rewards for runner-up teams, so worry not, there’s enough for everyone!

Also, we’re bringing gaming booths with PCs and consoles for you to try out. There will also be stuff for you to buy and bring home.

To sign up for the tournament, please email us at event@sotongamesoc.com. Don’t forget to include your name and your (and your teammates) gamer tags. We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

Apex Legends University Event

Another Battle Royale game, huh? It seems like these past few years, this genre is all we hear about. But Apex Legends is bringing something new to the table, and that’s what we’ll be talking about today. University Networking Gaming Society is proud to present an event based around this game at Your University.

First of all, what is this new game everyone’s talking about, Apex Legends? Well, it’s a free-to-play battle royale game developed by Respawn Entertainment and published by Electronic Arts (EA). It was released on February 4th, 2019 without any prior marketing. What’s so special about this game is that it brings elements from many games into battle royale genre. You could say it’s a mix of PUBG (PlayerUnknown’s BattleGrounds) and Blizzard Entertainment’s Overwatch. A battle royale hero-shooter. The events of the game take place 30 years after Titanfall 2. There are 3 roles, each role featuring a hero with different abilities, strengths, and weaknesses. You have roles such as Offence, Defense, Support and Recon. Players are grouped into squads of 3 and dropped on a battlefield without any gear and your objective is to be the last squad standing.

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Apex Legends Wallpaper

Apex Legends’ popularity.

Eight hours after the launch of the game, it surpassed a million unique players, reaching 2.5 million players within 24 hours. One week after the release, the game had reached a whopping 25 million players, and by the end of the month, that number had risen to 50 million. Apex Legends also received favorable reviews by game review sites, becoming the 2nd highest reviewed game in 2019.

Let’s talk about the event itself.

What we have in store for you today is a combination of a battle royale tournament, gaming booths and much more. But let’s talk about the tournament first. There will be only one game format. 20 Squads of 3 on Apex Legends’ default map. EA’s rules apply, we are not going to change anything. In addition, the reward for the winning squad will be a few sweet Apex Legends gaming peripherals like mousepads, keyboards, gaming mice and headsets. Second and third place will receive cosmetic rewards and loot boxes. You will also be able to buy some cool exclusive stuff at our booths, and try out some other games.

We’re 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.

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.

ESL ONE MAJOR

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!