Morningside University’s first-ever esports invitational takes gaming to a new level
Staff, 2023-03-11 08:00:00,
SIOUX CITY — It is Lane Poulson’s pre-tournament ritual to turn off his computer and listen to nothing but tunes, the mellower the better.
“I need to relax before I get ready for competition,” the Morningside University junior explained.
Is Poulson a star athlete on the Mustangs men’s basketball team? No, the graphic design major is playing on the college’s Esports team.
Short for “electronic sports,” Esports is a form of competition involving video games, and Morningside is hosting its first two-day home invitational tournament at the Seaboard Triumph Foods Expo Center.
Competition play started Friday. Morningside and 16 other college Esports teams will continue play from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. At 3 p.m., the top four teams from such games as “Rocket League,” “Valorant,” “Overwatch 2” and “League of Legends” will be seeded for semifinal action. The finals for all four games will start at 6 p.m.
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