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Back to School 2021! Events, Giveaways, Fellowship!

By August 20, 2021August 29th, 2021No Comments

LAST UPDATED: 8.25.21 @ 5PM

A RETURN TO ...........UNCERTAINTY

Make no mistake, the last 18 months have been chaotic for the entire world. All of us want to believe we’re almost done with this, but that is far from the truth right now. That aside we are back on campus, we are being cautious, we are promoting safety, and we’re trying our best to be optimistic. One thing we’ve enjoyed thoroughly in our short time back on campus has been seeing each other and feeling the excitement of a new school year that has the potential of physical interaction versus the disconnection of digital only means of communication. Even if the world results in that reversion to quarantine and reduced physical interaction we’ll persist through it just like the past 18 months. For now let’s focus on keeping the hype of the new year alive and let’s talk about how we are welcoming back OUr student members!

THANK YOU SPONSORS! GIVEAWAYS OVERVIEW

We had several sponsors this year. First up is Computer Connection throwing in the biggest giveaway in the history of our five year development, a custom built PC. Next up is none other than THE venerable HyperX with various peripherals and making the Computer Connection contribution turn key with their peripherals. Lastly, thanks to anonymous alumni donors we have a full list of giveaways to spread the love across our community.

HOW TO WIN!

We want to promote fellowship above all for our series of events like this and so our prizing structure will have that same intent. Each day will award you one(1) entry into prizing for Sundays giveaways. For Friday and Saturday events, there will strictly be Amazon gift card giveaways only. This means you can have up to three(3) entries for Sunday to increase your chances. The only requirement is to be a member of the OU Gaming Club by joining our Discord and registering as a student and then attending events, especially Sunday. You must be physically present Sunday to win the giveaways.

HOW PRIZING SELECTION WILL WORK: All students can only win one giveaway despite having three entries. The quantity of entries just bolsters your chance to win anything overall. We will be tracking attendance then using a digital randomizer for selection on Sunday. As a student wins anything their name will be removed from the list completely. Students can pass if they have multiple entries but it will consume one of their entries by doing so.

Prizes will be put into three tiers with Grand Prize (PC) exclusive to undergrads. 

  • Tier 1: $50 or less in value
  • Tier 2: $100 or less in value
  • Tier 3: $100 or more in value
  • Tier 4: Nintendo Switch
  • Tier 5: Gaming PC (Undergrads only)

– CLICK HERE TO SEE THE TIER LIST!!! –


The fine print: Sunday prizing is exclusive to OU students in attendance ONLY. The Sunday grand prize is exclusively for undergrad students at the request of the donors. Winner of the grand prize will have to fill out a W-9 for tax reporting and we will discuss it in depth before awarding the prize so there are no surprises. We will be taking pictures with winners throughout the weekend so please anticipate that especially for the bigger prizes.

THE WEEKEND OF EVENTS AND OUR CONDUCT RULES

– THIS EVENT IS ONLY FOR OU STUDENTS (ANY CLASS) –
**IF YOU’RE CLASS OF 2025, WEAR YOUR CRIMSON CLASS SHIRT!**
**WE WILL HAVE MASKS/SANITIZER ON SITE**

**MASKING IS STRONGLY ENCOURAGED**
**WE WILL BE WIPING THINGS DOWN**
**RESEPECT EVERYONE – ZERO TOLERANCE**

 

For Friday, if you have Switch/GameCube controllers bring them!
For Saturday, if you have PS4 controllers bring them!

CROSS VILLAGE – BUILDING B – DIY SPACE

ADDRESS: 116 4th St, Norman, OK 730

Friday the 27th

  • Location: Cross – Building B – DIY Space (SW corner 1st floor)
  • Time: 7PM – 11PM
  • Attendance Award: 1 entry into Sunday giveaway drawings (OU Gaming Club Registration Required)
  • Giveaways: $10 Amazon Gift Card door prizes throughout the day.
    • Smash 1st place $40
    • Smash 2nd place $20
    • Smash 3rd place $10.
      PLUS
    • 3x $10 Amazon Gift Cards randomly drawn for students playing social games.
  • What: The return of Sooner Smash Dojo! Bring your Switch/GC controllers and get ready to compete in Smash! Party Games like Mario Kart, Mario Party, Overcooked, etc for socializing concurrently.
  • Food/Drink: We’ll have water/Redbull on site and you’re welcome to bring whatever else you’d like to play pending table space. Smash tournament registration is free and will be handled on site.
  • Historical Information: Sooner Smash Dojo is a decade old Smash weekly for the entire state of Oklahoma. This will be the first time the event returns since March 2020. Typically this event runs at least 45 weeks out of the year on Friday evenings. This first return will be exclusive to OU students and then return to the public on Sept. 3, 2021. 

Saturday the 28th

  • Location: Cross – Building B – DIY Space (SW corner 1st floor)
  • Time: 3PM – 9PM
  • Attendance Award: 1 entry into Sunday giveaway drawings (OU Gaming Club Registration Required)
  • Giveaways: $10 Amazon Gift Card door prizes throughout the day.
    • Tekken/Strive GG 1st place $30 each
    • Tekken/Strive GG 2nd place $20 each
    • Tekken/Strive GG 3rd place $10 each
    • PLUS
    • 3x $10 Amazon Gift Cards randomly drawn for students playing social games.
  • What: Tekken, Strive Guilty Gear brackets so bring your PS4 compatible controller/fight stick. Party Games like Mario Kart, Mario Party, Overcooked, etc for socializing concurrently.
  • Food/Drink: We’ll have water/Redbull on site and you’re welcome to bring whatever else you’d like to play pending table space. StriveGG/Tekken Registration is free and will be handled on site.
  • Special Thanks to HXC Gaming Events for providing Playstation 4’s with Software and DLC updated for this event.

Sunday the 29th

  • Location: Cross – Building B – DIY Space (SW corner 1st floor)
  • Time: 5PM – 10PM
  • Attendance Award: 1 entry into Sunday giveaway drawings (OU Gaming Club Registration Required)
  • Giveaways: Reference the above lists of items above. All will be given away for this event. (OU Gaming Club Registration Required). Giveaways will start around 715-730PM and go until everything is gone. Everyone is welcome to hang out til 10 if they want. GIVEAWAY REGISTRATION IS OVER AT 7PM. NO EXCEPTIONS!
  • What: Social games only all day and you’re welcome to bring whatever else you’d like to play pending table space. Group photo at 7-715. Wear your OU gear, emphasis on “Class of” or anything “OU Esports” apparel!
  • Food/Drink: We’ll have Pizza/cookies/water/Redbull starting at 6PM. First come first serve. We have enough food for 250 people! Come eat!

ABOUT OUR EVENT SPONSORS & SUPPORTERS

Computer Connection is the one-stop shop for computer parts, repairs, and custom builds in the OKC metro area since 1998. Our passionate team loves to create innovative and challenging builds, and knows the ins and outs of what specifications are needed for a variety of games and gaming PCs. We are proud to bring expertise and creativity in building to the OKC gaming scene. This 2nd generation alumni owned business helps members of our community with all things computer needs related.

Computer Connection has been a partner since Fall 2021.

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For 18 years, HyperX’s mission has been to develop gaming solutions for every type of gamer and the brand, owned by HP Inc. as of 2021, is consistently recognized for delivering products that provide superior comfort, aesthetics, performance, and reliability. Under the tagline of “WE’RE ALL GAMERS,” HyperX gaming headsets, keyboards, mice, USB microphones, and console accessories are the choice of everyday gamers as well as celebrity ambassadors, pro gamers, tech enthusiasts worldwide because they meet the most stringent product specifications and are built with best-in-class components.

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HXC is a premier Fighting Game Community (FGC) focused tournament operate in the Oklahoma region. This 10+ year organization has put on the largest FGC focused tournament in Oklahoma called Super Bit Wars. Outside of tournament operations they are considered a community leader in the space and assist, collaborate, and bring to life events for 3rd parties and other flagship tournaments outside of Oklahoma.

HXC Gaming has been a partner of OU Esports & OU Gaming Club since 2017.

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Mike "Moog" Aguilar

Author Mike "Moog" Aguilar

Mike "Moog" Aguilar is the Director of Esports & Co-Curricular Innovation at OU. He also works for OU IT doing project management and business analysis as well as an adjunct instructor for the Gaylord College of Journalism & Mass Communication. He is a US Army veteran, has worked for Apple, worked in the public sector, and is a photographer of two decades. Mike has been a gamer since the Atari in the 80s and has been pioneering esports and gaming development and innovation at OU since 2016.

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