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Apr. 4, 2019 10:07 am

These universities won big at PA Cup, a collegiate esports tournament

Thirty teams from 16 schools across the Keystone State faced off over the weekend in Overwatch, Hearthstone and League of Legends matches.

The champs, HU Storm.

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Over the weekend, collegiate esports teams from 16 universities across the state competed in the first collegiate esports tournament in Pennsylvania: the PA Cup, organized by Harrisburg University.

HU Storm, the esports team from Harrisburg University, claimed the top spot in two of the three video game titles in play: League of Legends and Overwatch. Drexel University’s team also claimed a trophy by beating out all other competitors in the Hearthstone tournament.

“Keeping two of the PA Cup trophies in Harrisburg is awesome for the team and the university as the tournament host,” said in an email Vincent “Vinpin” DiGiacomo, a sophomore on Harrisburg University Storm Overwatch team who hails from Chester County. “We competed against some of the largest schools in the state and to see our talent recognized at this level was really encouraging as we continue on with our regular season.”

The central Pa. college, which has a satellite campus in Center City, inaugurated 174,000 square feet of space at its Harrisburg site devoted to esports.

“This was a one-of-a-kind tournament experience and to have teams from Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and cities in between join in the PA Cup tournament is something to celebrate,” said Chad Smeltz, director of Esports at Harrisburg University.

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