Georgia State Holds 5th PantherLAN Esports Tournament in March
One of the coolest things about the growth of esports is seeing annual/semi-annual events crop up around the United States or even the world. Georgia State University has a semi-annual esports tournament that’s returning this March: PantherLAN Esports Tournament! That’s right, we have some awesome college-level esports coming very soon to Twitch!
The event, co-sponsored by the Georgia Game Developers Association and the National Association of Collegiate Esports, is free and open to the public. But what can we expect?
What Awaits at PantherLAN
It is the fifth semi-annual collegiate PantherLAN Esports Tournament, and the first time the tournament will last more than one day. The competition takes place March 28-29 at the University Club of Georgia State Stadium.
We’re making progress in collegiate level esports, thanks to PantherLAN! The in-person competition starts at 10 AM each day, with the doors opening at 9 AM. Preliminary and semifinals will take place on March 28 with the finals on March 29. But where can you watch this awesome esports action? They have a pair of Twitch channels, found here and here.
If you’re interested in registering or seeing the various exhibitions, check out their website. But what games will be held there? League of Legends, SMITE, Paladins, Overwatch, Hearthstone, Brawlhalla, Dragon Ball FighterZ, and Tekken 7! I am always glad to see SMITE and Paladins, but I was hoping to see some MTG Arena also.
This is an excellent time for Dragon Ball FighterZ as well. It recently began its latest season with Kefla now playable. In addition to gameplay, though, the PantherLAN esports tournament will also have a variety of esports workshops, tabletop gaming, and an expo with student groups, companies, and organizations around the Atlanta area.
But That’s Not All
For the first time, the event will also include participation by Georgia State’s Digital Learners to Leaders (DLL) program. DLL is a program that provides students from all backgrounds, including those often underrepresented in the technology industry, opportunities to increase their technical and professional experience.
At PantherLAN, DLL will host a cross-institution conference highlighting student-led digital research and development. DLL’s conference workshops will welcome digital creators interested in networking and expanding their skills to learn from experts on topics such as esports production, implementation of artificial and virtual intelligence, motion capture for virtual reality and tactics for career management. The conference will also showcase digital projects developed by students.
This is almost as important as the esports itself. Students need to know that they have options in esports other than being incredibly skilled players. Just as important is top-notch production, coaches, managers, and casters. PantherLAN’s esports conference will be as useful as watching the actual matches.
Georgia State has a national championship-winning esports team established back in 2017. Their esports team participates in matches with other Georgia academic institutions across the Georgia Esports League, which has more than 100 colleges and universities. They are also among the universities nationwide that participate in the National Association of Collegiate Esports.
The participants do more than play in esports. It provides the benefits of broadcasting, production, marketing, management, and game development. Game development is a swiftly growing market in Georgia as well. Varsity team members at Georgia State are eligible to earn scholarships and expected to maintain high academic performance.
Good luck to all the players competing. We hope to see big numbers on Twitch!