$3,250 worth of collegiate scholarships were given out Saturday, June 25th during the first AEA National Championship. Founded in May 2021, the AEA has been around for just over a year. Within that time, our nonprofit hosted five tournaments in the fall, a League of Legends and Rocket League series in the spring and ended with the grand finale — the National Championship. This, of course, is the first championship of many for the AEA. We have been and will continue to focus on growth during our off season in the summer to bring our competitors bigger and better events than the last.
PLAYERS ON THE STAGE
The two games played at the National Championship were Rocket League and League of Legends. To qualify to play at the championship for Rocket League, an AEA team must have placed in the top four of the 2022 Spring Series: Rocket League Post-Season tournament or place in the top 4 of the May Qualifier tournament. To qualify for the League of Legends portion of the National Championship, players must have participated in one or more of the invitational League of Legends tournaments within the Spring Series.
Our Rocket League Teams:
Broken Arrow Tigers
Rewind eSports Blue
Our League of Legends Teams:
Players at the AEA National Championship. Image by Branson Evans
AT THE EVENT
The National Championship was hosted in Stillwater, Oklahoma at the Oklahoma State University’s Esports Arena. Along with the OSU Esports Arena hosting the event, Dell loaned out PCs, monitors, headsets, keyboards, and mice for our players to use throughout the day. The amazing equipment was also accompanied by talented staff and volunteers coordinating the event. We had many casters volunteer to shoutcast through the duration of the tournament, which was no easy feat, along with volunteers from collegiate esports representing their schools.
AEA Staff helping players during the event. Image by Branson Evans
The PCs loaned out by Dell for the event were the Alienware Aurora R13s.
12th Gen Intel(R) Core(TM) i7
512GB NVMe M.2 PCIe SSD (Boot) + 1TB 7200RPM SATA 6Gb/s (Storage)
NVIDIA(R) GeForce RTX(TM) 3080 Ti 12GB GDDR6X
Lunar Light 750W PSU, Liquid-Cooled CPU & Clear Side Panel
Killer(TM) Wi-Fi 6 1675 (2x2) 802.11ax Wireless and Bluetooth 5.2.
Alienware 27” Gaming Monitor- AW2720HF
Alienware 7.1 Stereo Surround Gaming Headset (AW510H) Lunar Light
Gaming Keyboard AW510K and Wired
Wireless Gaming Mouse AW610M-Lunar Light
AEA National Championship - Rocket League Results:
1st - Broken Arrow Tigers
2nd - Lawton All-Stars
3rd - Central Tigers
4th - Rewind Esports Blue
AEA National Championship - League of Legends Results:
1st - Sora Esports
2nd - Team Mirus
3rd - Xavier
4th - Munroe Bobcats
Alongside winning trophies and medals, collegiate scholarship prizing was also on the line. Any team to win scholarships will get their scholarships sent directly to their college of choice once they have chosen a college to attend. The 1st place prizing for the Rocket League finals of $1,500 went to the Broken Arrow Tigers. The 2nd place prizing for the Rocket League finals of $750 went to the Lawton All-Stars. The 1st place prizing for the League of Legends finals of $1,000 went to Sora Esports.
We are extremely proud of all of the teams that made it to the AEA National Championship. There was an amazing showcase of skill from all participants involved. We at the AEA hope to see these players return in the next season to continue to grow their passion as esports players.
Winners of the AEA National Championship. Click on the image to view our post!
After the National Championship was over, Branson Evans from our media department created an amazing highlight reel, featuring video and gameplay from the event. Check out the video here, and be sure to give it a like!