With the explosion in popularity of competitive video gaming, Rend Lake College has announced plans to host one of the largest e-sporting events Southern Illinois has ever seen in conjunction with the local start-up Ultimate Gaming Championship (UGC).
UGC, fresh off its $200,000 "Gears of War" Pro Circuit Atlantic City Open, plans to bring all the bells and whistles of the professional gaming scene to Ina to give local gamers the chance to compete like the pros for a day.
"UGC is very excited to bring competitive gaming to Rend Lake College," UGC CEO Matt Jackson said. "We are seeing more and more colleges nation-wide embrace competitive gaming. This is our chance to not only give those students a chance to compete, but also reach into a younger generation who has a lot of excitement and passion of e-sports."
Slated for June 24, the RLC E-Sports Open will feature $5,000 in total prizes with 2v2 tournaments in "Halo 5" and "Call of Duty Modern Warfare Remastered" and head-to-head match-ups for "Super Smash Brothers Melee," "Super Smash Wii U," "Madden 17," "NBA 2K17" and "Hearthstone." Participants in "Hearthstone" are asked to bring their own mobile devices and applications of the game.
Taking place in the James E. "Hummer" Waugh Gymnasium, the event will kick off at 10 a.m. Entry to the event is free with in-district student identification. Admission for other participants and observers is $10. Concessions and merchandise will be available on site.
With roots in Du Quoin, UGC is a premiere e-sports tournament organizer with experience on the "Halo," "Gears of War" and "Smash Bros." professional circuits.
For more information on the event, visit UGC's Facebook page.