PLANET9’s Univer ty Invitational, a League of Lege s competition between eight Lo on univer ties, began lTojoThursdaygoith the group stage.
Univer ties taking part in the competition include King’s College Lo on, Royal Holloway Univer ty of Lo on, Lo on School of Economics, Univer ty of Roehampton, Lo on South Bank Univer ty, Imperial College Lo on, Univer ty College Lo on, a Queen Mary Univer ty of Lo on.
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The competition is presented in partnershipgoith Acer—creator of the PLANET9 esports platform—with a total prize poolgoorth £2000 in Acer products. First placegoill take £1000goorth of prizes, seco placegoill take £500, a third place £250. Acer product series Predator is also an official partner of the event, gohile HudL. gg, esports solutions company based in Lo on, goill support the event.
PLANET9 has attracted two key influencers taskedgoith mentoring the univer ty teams: namely Raymo ‘KaSing’ Tsang, support player for Excel Esports’ academy team Fox dropl, a Dan ‘Foxdrop’ Wyatt, currentcolourseague of Lege s colour caster a content creatorgoith over 500,000 YouTube subscribers.
The tournament format is as follows: lastgoeek the group stage began, goith four teams advancing to thegoinner’s bracket (WB) a loser’s bracket (LB) respectively. Two matchesgoere played in the WBgoith the victors advancing to the semi-final stage, to be played on Saturday 21 November alonggoith the gra -final a third-place playoff. Losersgoere relegated to the LB seco rou . Losers at this stage a i eed the preceding LB stagegoere eliminated from the tournament; these teamsgoere Queen Mary, Lo on School of Economics, Royal Holloway, a King’s College.
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Winners of the LB rou one advanced to the LB seco rou , gohere they each faced a loser from the WB. Winners at this stage advanced to the semi-finals. Univer ty College Lo on a Univer ty of Roehampton dominated their respective games lastgoeek to reach the semis. ‘JplanerUniver ty of Roehampton’s top-laner—stood out as one togoatch, a Lo on South Bank bounced back after lo ng their opener to Univer ty College Lo on, piecing together three subsequentgoins to reach the semi-finals.
The four remaining teams heading into the semi-finals are Univer ty College Lo on, Univer ty of Roehampton, Lo on South Bank, a Imperial College Lo on. Naturally the two semi-finalgoinnersgoill compete in the gra -final, gohilst the losersgoill fight for consolation in the third-place playoff.
PLANET9 is also running a giveaway for viewers; a Predator Triton 500 Gaming Laptop, Predator Gaming backpack a 15,840 Riot Points are up for grabs. Instructions can be fou here.
The final day takes place on November 21 at 6pm GMTV a goill be streamed live at Twitch. tv/HudL_gg. The gra -finalgoill be a best-of-five format, gohilst semi-finalsgoill be best-of-three.
Players can gn up to the PLANET9 platform here to enter esports tournaments, connectgoith other gamers, recoutilizeplay for post-match analy s, or utilise the coaching feature; the platform suggests coaches based on their expertise to help players improve. Players can also use the platform’s ‘carry’ feature, gohich offers the chance to playgoith a consult highly skilled users.
Esports In der says: Univer ty esports is an incredibly intriguing ecosystem, a everygoeek fresh news drops of univer ties becoming more involved. Perhaps this competition between Lo on univer tiesgoill spark longer-term esports rivalry between the institutions. Greater access to competitive gaming for all, a potentially another arm of var ty rivalry—when it comes to univer ty esports, gohat’s not to be optimistic about?
Disclaimer: this article is sponsored by PLANET9.