BTN and Riot Games are joining forces for the BTN Invitational, a new university League of Legends event that pits two of the best Big Ten schools against each other in a head-to-head battle.
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The event will see Ohio State face off against Michigan State in front of a live audience at this year's PAX East, which takes place in Boston from April 22-24.
“The Big Ten has some of the premier eSports teams in the country,” said Michael Calderon, vice president of programming and digital media at Big Ten. “The fast-paced, high-level competition of League of Legends is a great fit for BTN’s audience and we’re excited to be the first conference-owned network to bring the intensity of collegiate eSports to a television audience.”
The BTN Invitational will take place on Friday, April 22, from noon to 4pm ET in the League of Legends show floor booth at PAX East. The university eSports event will also be livestreamed on both BTN2Go and LoLeSports.com. If you're busy washing your hair that day, you can also watch the event on BTN at 7pm ET on Monday, April 25.
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“The Big Ten Network was ahead of the trend in recognising the growing popularity of collegiate eSports and scholarship programs,” said Sean Haran, Director of Business Development at Riot Games. “There are over 300 University League of Legends campus clubs, including one on nearly every Big Ten school campus, so working with BTN to host an invitational event at PAX East was a no-brainer.”
The 2016 uLoL Campus Series Finals will also take place at PAX East, showing some of the most skilled collegiate League of Legends players in the U.S. and Canada. The Campus Series Semi-Finals will take place from 10am to 6pm ET on Saturday, April 23, leading up to the Campus Series Finals from 12pm to 4pm on Sunday, April 24, in the League of Legends booth.
This follows the recent announcement that a Californian university would be offering a League of Legends eSports scholarship. The collegiate scene continues to grow.