Just announced today on the Crimson Gaming Facebook Page were the official competitive rosters for Counter Strike Global Offensive, Dota 2, and Overwatch. What does this mean for gaming on campus? Gaming on campus has been quickly growing over the past year and this is just another item off the list before becoming an officially supported part of campus life. With the recent announcement of PAC-12 Supporting esports this past summer this a step in the right direction allowing for the infrastructure of competitive teams on campus to grow and before the PAC-12 releases it’s official support.
These teams will go on to represent Crimson Gaming and indirectly the University of Utah in national tournaments hosted by CSL, TESPA, and many other collegiate tournament organizers. It’s a chance to help the gaming scene on campus unite underneath one banner and allow games to become part of something larger than themselves. It’s a chance for players to get a taste of what it feels like to be a competitor in a national tournament and get a feel for what it means to be a national competitor.
With over 150 applicants applying for Crimson Gaming’s Competitive titles this semester the tryouts were a grueling period of savage cuts tedious trials. Over the span of two weeks when applications opened players were weeded out and trimmed down until the final roster of five players remained (or six in overwatch’s case). Congratulations to Crimson gaming’s final rosters! We look forward to seeing them play and bring home glory for all of us at the University of Utah!