With The Fall of Most, ESports Remains Focused

Updated: Apr 16, 2020

By Armando Barry

While many UNT sports teams have had to save their championship hopes for next year due to COVID-19, ESports is the last mean green standing. Though their four teams, League of Legends, Hearthstone, Overwatch, and the Rocket League, are playing from home, the focus to maintain their nationally renowned reputation has not changed. One of the huge upsides to UNT Esports is the opportunity students get to compete for cash prizes or scholarship money in online competitions and tournaments. Although, getting money to play video games does sound fun, it comes through some seriously hard work as UNT ESports athletes who have been recruited or selected through tryouts have already clocked in up to 5,000 immense hours of training towards their craft, this season. The way these squads are measured among their peers varies for each team. For the Rocket League, teams are recognized for the highest national ranking from the CRL. The two powerhouses at the head of UNT Esports are the Rocket League and Overwatch teams. The Rocket League team has been ranked second in the country by the CRL for the last two years. Other teams such as League of Legends, Hearthstone, and Overwatch teams receive recognition for performance in gaming organizations’ highest competitions like the TESPA national championship series. The mean green’s own Overwatch team was nationally ranked during the preseason this year. Though many would be content with being the second best in the country, the UNT ESports teams are in relentless pursuit of being #1 during these unprecedented times. For those interested you can find out more on upcoming competitions on their Twitter @UNTESports and vote for them to enter a New York National Championship series through https://andbox.com/spring-rally/university-of-north-texas/

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