A year ago, Georgia Southern esports director Kevin Williams said, his school's Overwatch team lost nearly every game it played.
But today, after months of practice and the official backing of the school through varsity designation, the Eagles will play in the inaugural National Association of Collegiate Esports Overwatch Invitational final against Miami Ohio, another school that since receiving administrative backing has surged onto the Overwatch scene.
The NACE will air the game on Twitch following its third-place match, USC Sumter vs. Trine, which begins at 6 p.m. ET.
"I think one of the biggest things was having our university system back us," Williams said of his squad. "It's something different entirely when you really feel that a school begins to care. We call it Eagle Nation. When you have Eagle Nation behind you, it really revives you."
Although League of Legends results have been the No. 1 barometer of college esports success since the varsity scene's inception, fresh titles like Overwatch, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds and more traditional games like Rocket League and the Smash Bros. series have come into their own competitively. GSU and Miami Ohio don't have any League of Legends national titles to show, but they have solid footholds in many other competitive games that continue to grow as the college space diversifies.
And after today, one of those schools will have an Overwatch championship to brag about...
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