To kick off our primary focus we researched tournaments in the industry that have collegiate only focus and offer prize pools that paid through scholarship. We are currently entering into six different titles across 16 teams with student, faculty, and alumni coaching sprinkled throughout. We are also enforcing wellness-based activities to teach balance as well as ensuring our student competitors maintain a healthy academic GPA to boot. This topic, while at the top, is one we knew was the easy one. Not in the sense to compete and rank highly, but to find the energy to create teams and field them all while wearing the venerable OU interlocking logo on their chest. BOOMER SOONER!!
We have been competing now since Spring 2018 and have hosted a bedlam event on our campus with Oklahoma State University and are collaborating with multiple other universities, governing bodies, and well-established businesses to bring the Sooner strength to this new industry.
One of the biggest challenges in what people are used to in analog sports is having standard tournaments and matches we’re all accustomed too. Like NCAA Final Four, NFL’s Super Bowl, or the MLB’s World Series. These type of events are all coming as an inevitable milestone towards more mainstream acceptance and formalization. Tespa, one of the tournament organizers and governance providers, put their national Overwatch collegiate finals in the Fiesta Bowl now and we’ve heard some pretty solid rumors of another big household name bringing a brand new tournament for the Spring 2019 semester.