GW joins seven A-10 schools for Rocket League tournament

With fall sports paused until the spring, GW and seven other Atlantic 10 schools are banding together to host an esports tournament, according to a press release last week.

Teams of three students will battle each other in Rocket League, a video game where participants maneuver vehicles to net goals in a soccer-style competition. Students will first compete in a school-wide tournament before the top two squads are sent to represent their respective schools in a 16-team, conference-wide tournament.

Students from Davidson, Fordham, George Mason, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Saint Louis, GW and VCU will take part in the tournament. Registration opened Oct. 5 and will close Oct. 25.

“This is a great opportunity for our students to connect with one another,” Athletic Director Tanya Vogel said in the release. “In a time when most of our GW students are living at home and fall varsity sports are postponed, it’s great to find a way to compete with our Atlantic 10 Conference rivals.”

Capgemini, a company specializing in “consulting, digital transformation, technology and engineering services,” will provide prize money for winning teams. The company is giving away $600 and $300 to the first and second place teams, respectively, in the GW bracket, the release states. The top-four finishers in the A-10 bracket will receive $1,200, $600, $150 and $150, respectively, the registration website added.

The tournament will follow a single-elimination format in which teams will play a best of five prior to the championship game. A best-of-seven format will be used in the finals. Each round will consist of five-minute matches, according to the registration website.

The GW bracket begins Oct. 27 at 4 p.m., and the finals will kick off Oct. 28 at 4 p.m. The A-10 Championship bracket is set to begin Oct. 31 at 3 p.m.

The semifinals and finals of the GW bracket and the full A-10 Championship bracket will be available on Twitch, a live streaming service, according to the release.

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