AUGUSTA, Ga. – The Peach Belt Conference has announced it will hold the first-ever conference-held League of Legends Championship March 17-18 at Georgia College in Milledgeville. The in-person live event will be held in the historic Magnolia Ballroom on campus and feature the top eight League of Legends teams in the PBC.
"Georgia College has jumped at the opportunity to host this event, the first of its kind," said PBC Commissioner David Brunk. "We have been working hard to uphold one of our core values as an NCAA Division II member which is to provide a memorable championship experience. Thanks to president Dorman, athletic director Wendell Staton and a host of other committed professionals behind the scenes, we are going to make this event the standard by which all other conference-run Esports tournaments are measured.
The PBC became the first NCAA conference to join with Riot Games and are currently in the middle of a seven-week regular season. The top eight teams in the standings following the final weekend of play will advance to the tournament. There will be four quarterfinal matches on Saturday with two semifinals and the championship on Sunday.
The historic Magnolia Ballroom in downtown Milledgeville will host the first PBC League of Legends Championship.
"Georgia College is proud to host the first Esports championship for the NCAA Peach Belt Conference, the first NCAA conference Esport championships of its kind in the nation," said Dr. Steve Dorman, president of Georgia College. "Our campus community has embraced this new competitive sport with open arms, and we look forward to a great championship and other future competitions. We are delighted to be a part of such a forward-thinking league that offers this new sport activity for our students."
The champion and runner-up will both compete in the League of Legends College Championship Play-In with a shot at competing for the national championship in Los Angeles in June.
"We are thrilled the Peach Belt Conference has chosen Milledgeville and Georgia College as the host institution for the first ever intercollegiate conference championship for Esports," said Georgia College athletic director Wendell Staton. "We have a great on campus venue, complete with a projection screen for an optimal fan experience. We look forward to hosting our fellow PBC students and fans as they visit the Lake Country and take advantage of our historic, engaging, and thriving community."
Constructed in 1913, the Magnolia Ballroom is the premier event hosting space on the Georgia College Campus. A regular home for weddings, concerts and award ceremonies, the facility is equipped with a large built-in projection screen, theater lighting and modular seating.
Matches on Saturday, Mar. 17, will begin at noon with additional game times at 2, 4 and 6 p.m. Sunday's semifinals will begin at 11 a.m. with the second at 1 p.m. The championship will be at 3 p.m. All quarterfinal and semifinal matches will be best-of-three with the championship a best-of-five. All matches will be streamed live over the PBC's Twitch Channel. Admission will be $5 per session.
See the League of Legends Tournament website here: http://www.peachbelt.com/Tournaments/esports/2017-18/index .
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