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 2020 OVERALL RESULTS:— BattleforBama (@BattleforBama) April 20, 2020
1. @EsportsUah (Rocket League 1st, Hearthstone 3rd, League of Legends 2nd, CS:GO 1st)
2. @GamingAuburn (League of Legends 3rd, CS:GO 3rd, Rainbow Six 2nd, Overwatch 1st)
3. @goNUesports (Hearthstone 1st, Hearthstone 2nd, Rainbow Six 1st)
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
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.