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The OU department of Esports & Co-Curricular Innovation has been in development since 2016 and launched in Fall 2020. It is the development center for the largest gaming community at OU, academic curriculum development, research initiatives, and everything needed within esports for a path to industry approach.

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OU Esports Hosts Sooner Spring Clash Tournament

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The University of Oklahoma hosted the first Sooner Spring Clash tournament in the Armory on Friday, April 22. Sooner Spring Clash was a two-day Esports tournament for both K-12 and college students to compete for cash prizes. The total cash prize given on the first day was $3500, with Rocket…

OU Giving Day Round Up

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OU Giving Day was held on April 14, 2022, an event to encourage donations to a wide variety of departments and organizations across OU. OU Esports held a 24-hour livestream that hosted various panels.The panels included interviews and discussions from all the different pillars. Austin “RexGoDragon” Ngyuen, Solidus Leadership Awardee,…

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End of Year Bash

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OU Esports held its End of Year Bash this weekend, celebrating the year’s achievements and allowing students to gather and play games together before dead week.The bash kicked off on Friday night with the Sooner Smash Dojo, a weekly “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate” tournament for OU students and the greater…

OU Esports Hosts Sooner Spring Clash Tournament

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The University of Oklahoma hosted the first Sooner Spring Clash tournament in the Armory on Friday, April 22. Sooner Spring Clash was a two-day Esports tournament for both K-12 and college students to compete for cash prizes. The total cash prize given on the first day was $3500, with Rocket…

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The Importance of Community in Esports & Gaming, a Tribute to Drake “Dr. Ake” Brooks

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Baby Moog, circa 1987 in West Germany with my Whiz Kid. When I first sat down to research and develop gaming and esports community structure at OU in Fall 2016, no matter what I did my own experiences always kept me focused on the importance of community. My first gaming…

The Game Jam Community

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How quickly can a game be created? A month? A week? Less than 48 hours?Game Jams have pushed this idea to the limit for years, bringing together teams of developers, who are sometimes strangers before the event, to dedicate their energy to one cause: create a game in the time…

INTERVIEWS

Student Spotlight: Matthew Miller

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The Graduating Stream DirectorMatthew Miller, the Stream Director for OU Esports and a senior meteorology major, has developed his love for streaming through his time at OU Esports.  Miller grew up in Linton, Indiana wanting to be a meteorologist and loving video games.Miller has been into video games since he…

Student Spotlight: Michela Thompson

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Michela Thompson, a senior public relations major at the University of Oklahoma and the current News and Media Director, has been a mainstay at the organization for the last two years, and continues to lead the News and Media team with her gentleness and encouraging personality.  Michela got into gaming…

REVIEWS

Let’s Brawl: Nickelodeon All-Stars Review

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Nickelodeon All Stars Brawl, the latest fighting game from Ludosity, can be summed up with one strong word: exciting. The game takes what you know and love about the fighting game formula and puts its own unique twist on the genre with unique and interesting mechanics and movement options, and…

Cute, Budget Gamer Girl Gear You Need Right Now!

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RAZER has come out with some super cute, gamer girl accessories in the last couple years, but they can be super expensive. As a college student, finding cute gear on a budget can be difficult, but don’t worry, we got you!  Here are some cute, budget-friendly options that will still…

PHILANTHROPY

OU Giving Day Round Up

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OU Giving Day was held on April 14, 2022, an event to encourage donations to a wide variety of departments and organizations across OU. OU Esports held a 24-hour livestream that hosted various panels.The panels included interviews and discussions from all the different pillars. Austin “RexGoDragon” Ngyuen, Solidus Leadership Awardee,…

OU Giving Day April 14, 2022 – A Day of University Wide Fundraising

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On April 14, 2022 The University of Oklahoma will launch it's annual philanthropic day of giving aimed at supporting our programming across the entire surface of OU. This year the department of Esports & Co-Curricular Innovation which encompasses several various brands, hosts a community of over 2,700 members, has over…

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Sooner Esports represents a research and practicum initiative from our parent organization, OU Esports & Co-Curricular Innovation + OU Gaming Club. Many things are being developed at OU in the context of the industry of esports and gaming. We’re excited about these opportunities and hopefully, we can keep your attention as we unfold all of our broad and narrow initiatives coming out of this organization on our journey to further formalization at OU and in our state. You can learn more HERE.