By Sean Morrison ESPN‘
Four college tournament announcements came out this week with a combined prize pool of $150,000 between them.
The Collegiate StarLeague, American Video Game League and Columbia College all put out information on tournament offerings for April, with CSL and AVGL playing in Southern California and the Cougars putting on their Midwest Campus Clash on April 7 in Columbia, Missouri, at Columbia College’s Southwell Arena.
“We had great success with last year’s event, and the energy in the arena was electric,” Columbia College president Scott Dalrymple said in a statement. “We have the opportunity to build on that excitement and welcome gamers of every level to our campus for what we believe is the premier gaming event in the Midwest.”
The Midwest Campus Clash is in its second year and will bring four of the best-known collegiate League of Legends programs together with a prize pool of $25,000. Last year’s winner was Robert Morris University, which will return to try and defend its title.
Three other varsity esports programs — Columbia College, Maryville University and Miami (Ohio), will take part, as will Kansas, Kansas State and Missouri. The tournament, like Beachcon and the CSL event, will feature casual play as well as a 16-team Rocket League tournament.