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ESPN’s First Collegiate Esports Championship Held In Houston

We go behind the scenes of the inaugural collegiate video game championship.

Professional esports, or competitive video gaming, has been growing as an industry for the past few years. At the college-level, many schools now have their own esports teams. 

In light of that, ESPN held their inaugural Collegiate Esports Championship from May 10-12 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston during Comicpalooza.

ESPN teamed up with Tespa, an organization that promotes the culture of gaming, and Blizzard Entertainment, the company responsible for games such as WarCraft, StarCraft and Overwatch

In the audio above, producer Joshua Zinn takes us behind the scenes of the video game championship, as he talks with spectators as well as Kim Phan, the Director of Global Esports for Blizzard, about this first-of-its-kind event.

Below is a list of the video games that were included in ESPN’s Collegiate Esports Championship: 

Overwatch: A team-based first-person shooter where you play different characters who wield a variety of weapons and unique abilities, and go up against another team to either defend or attack a control point on the map.

StarCraft II: A real-time strategy game where you are one of three unique sci-fi races: the Terran, the Zerg or the Protoss. The goal is to collect resources and build up a base and army to defeat the opposing player who is doing the same.

Hearthstone: A card game where you build a deck of characters, monsters and spells and use those to outlast the opposing player by depleting their cards and inflicting damage on the hero character they control.

Heroes of the Storm: Another team-based game like Overwatch, this time with a third-person overhead view. You also play different characters with special abilities and work with your team to fight your way into the opposing team’s base and destroy a central command structure.

Street Fighter V – Arcade Edition: A fighting game, you choose between 28 characters — each with their own backstory — and then battle it out against your opponents.

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