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Back To School, Back to Gaming

By August 21, 2018April 29th, 2019Back to School, Event Coverage2 min read

This past weekend, the Esports Association at the University of Oklahoma held their first ever back-to-school event. Two days full of bonding, food, and of course, gaming.

They began Friday afternoon with three tournaments hosted in the One University Store on campus; Super Smash Brothers Wii U, Mario Kart 8, and Speedrunners.

Over 20 students participated in the Smash Brothers Tournament, and over a dozen students competed in Mario Kart 8 and Speedrunners. Many being new members to the organization. During downtime, they were encouraged to get to know their fellow gamers and learn new things about the organization.

First, second, and third place were given prizes supplied by a few of our sponsors, including Roccat, MSI, Alienware, and Enhance Gaming.

Saturday night, over 100 students came out for the back to school cookout. While there was no official agenda for the night, lots of food was eaten and tons of games were played. The cookout was a wonderful opportunity for everyone to meet new players for their favorite games, and get to know some of the people they’ve been interacting with online for so long. The newest members were also given a rundown of what was to be expected in the org. The lead advisor, Mike Aguilar, introduced himself, the organization’s high council, and a few of their partners including members of GetRECt, HXC gaming, and the iHub.

Thank you to all the members, new and old, that came out this last weekend to get together with the organization. And a special thanks to the iHub, the One University Store and all our other sponsors for helping make the events amazing for our organization. If you are interested in joining for more fun events like these check out our previous article with more information about the orgĀ and how to join.

Bailey Brown

Bailey is an advertising major, nonprofit studies minor in her third year at the University of Oklahoma. She was given her first gaming device at the age of 9 and hasn't put it down since. She enjoys the exploration and puzzle solving of The Legend of Zelda and claims she can "beat anyone" in Mario Kart or Super Smash Brothers. Follow her on Twitter @MissBaileyKay

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