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GCU Esports Weekly Recap: Weekend tournaments a “smashing success”

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October 25, 2019

By: Mack Drake/GCU Staff

It was an exciting weekend for the Grand Canyon University Esports program.

The club hosted its first-ever Esports Invitational last Saturday, where GCU, the University of Arizona, Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University all competed in an eight-hour competition featuring several different games.

The Lopes came away victorious in the League of Legends competition, while U of A took the Overwatch title. The event, which was held at GCU Arena, was broadcasted across GCU TV and Esports Twitch channels.

Super Smash Showdown

Big prizes were on the line in the Super Smash Showdown, which ran alongside the Esports Invitational last weekend.

The two-day event featured seeded group stage play followed by a double elimination bracket on Sunday. Aldo Nuñez, Tanner Webdale and David “Kobby” Solomon finished in the top three, respectively. By taking first place, Nuñez won a 32-inch TV and Nintendo Switch.

Over 400 GCU students competed in the weekend event, which was also held at GCU Arena. The tournament was broadcasted across campus with a full production team in cooperation with GCUTV.

“Both events went smoothly and provided a great experience for all students who participated,” said GCU Esports Coordinator Albert Lee. “We will definitely be planning similar events in the future, so keep an eye out for them.”

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