Collegiate Esports Tournament “Battle for Bama” Raises Nearly $1,000 for Covid-19 Relief

A philanthropic esports tournament

in Alabama sees several schools battle across several games while raising money for Covid-19 relief.

April 18th and 19th held the first-ever Battle for Bama, a several-platform collegiate esports battle to be crowned the top gaming school in Alabama. Originally meant to be Alabama-only tournament, the current pandemic state of the U.S. led to a nationwide tourney — including OU.

The event had several sponsors, including HyperX, who hosted giveaways in exchange for donations to the Feeding American Covid-19 Response Fund. Overall, the event raised $831; an incredible amount for a first-time and relatively small event. Clearly, this is an event that is set up to have an important future in collegiate esports.

Many schools competed across many games. Battle for Bama’s twitter page, linked here, reported the following winners:

Battle for Bama Charity

Learn more about Feeding America by clicking the image above

The OU Overwatch team made it to the grand finals against Auburn University. After an intense two and a half hour battle, AU came out as the winner 3-2 against Oklahoma. Although Auburn had an average 100 to 200 higher SR, OU fought hard to keep it a close game the whole time.

The two teams had actually faced off early in the bracket, according to shoutcaster Pink, who said OU originally came out on top 2-1 against Auburn.

Below are the team line-ups:

University of Oklahoma

  • Wumbologist
  • HailHavoc
  • KnockKnock
  • ChugginBrews
  • Deranged
  • Kaetha

Auburn University

  • Wernher
  • Smoothbrain
  • TheBrad
  • Willow
  • CodeDoritos
  • Tenxr 

Lastly, we want to say thank you to Battle For Bama for letting our team stop by this year, and we sincerely wish them luck for events in the future.

To watch OU face off in the grand finals, check out our VOD below.

Derek Snow

Derek Snow

Derek "Defect" Snow is the News & Media Director for OU Esports club and a student studying Computer Science with a minor in Biology. He currently works as a student research assistant while holding leadership positions in OU's Biomedical Engineering Society and Computer Science Student Board. Derek first started gaming on the N64 and Gamecube, and he has been hooked ever since.

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