The University of Utah’s nationally-ranked Entertainment Arts & Engineering (EAE) video game design program are announcing today that Blizzard Entertainment’s wildly popular multiplayer titles Overwatch and Hearthstone will be official varsity games in Utah’s new collegiate esports program!
“These are two of the biggest esports titles in the world and on our campus,” said A.J. Dimick, EAE esports director of operations. “We are so excited to adopt them as part of our esports scholarship program.”
“Overwatch” has become one of the most talked-about online multiplayer games in the world. Set on a technologically advanced, highly stylized future earth, “Overwatch” is an objective-based shooter in which teams of heroes — each armed with extraordinary weapons and incredible abilities — clash for control of key locations around the world. The U’s “Overwatch” team will consist of six players, two substitutes, and two student coaches.
“Hearthstone” is Blizzard’s hugely popular digital card game based on the company’s acclaimed “Warcraft®” franchise. Using customizable decks based on one of nine epic heroes, players employ spells, weapons, and summoned minions in turn-based combat. That team will be made up of three players, one substitute, and one student coach.
“Overwatch” and “Hearthstone” teams from The University of Utah will compete in tournaments organized by Tespa, the premier college gaming network in North America. Tespa prides itself on giving college students opportunities to realize and embrace their passion for gaming, and has given out well over $1 million in scholarship prizes to date, helping students subsidize their education through their gaming interests.
The University of Utah will hold an open tryout this August to determine which players will make the final scholarship roster for the inaugural season.
Check back soon for the recruitment form!
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