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One college sports tournament will soon take place amid pandemic


The upcoming college sports season remains in doubt as athletes test positive for COVID-19 and schools weigh whether to bring students back to campus for the fall.

But one group of Texas college students will soon compete — at the Lonestar Mobile Gaming College Championship.

As an esports event, the tournament offers built-in social distancing. Organizers invite college students, esports clubs, and gaming influencers from across the state to “come together (virtually)” for the competition.

“Players will come ready to represent their favorite Texas school as they battle it out in a battle royale arena,” according to the esports organization hosting the tournament, Gen.G.

The students will be playing PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG), an online multiplayer game. The winning school esports club will receive a number of Samsung prizes, including a Notebook Odyssey Z laptop.

A view of Arthur Ashe Stadium during the Fortnite World Cup Finals. Texas college students will soon compete at the Lonestar Mobile Gaming College Championship.

A view of Arthur Ashe Stadium during the Fortnite World Cup Finals. Texas college students will soon compete at the Lonestar Mobile Gaming College Championship.

Photo: Reuters

A view of Arthur Ashe Stadium during the Fortnite World Cup Finals. Texas college students will soon compete at the Lonestar Mobile Gaming College Championship.

A view of Arthur Ashe Stadium during the Fortnite World Cup Finals. Texas college students will soon compete at the Lonestar Mobile Gaming College Championship.

Photo: Reuters

One college sports tournament will soon take place amid pandemic

Tournament organizers noted that Texas was the “ultimate location” for the virtual event because it’s home to several game studios and game development university programs.

In January, St. Mary’s University in San Antonio announced the formation of an esports varsity program. Texas A&M University San Antonio recently said that while the rest of their new sports programs have been delayed to the spring of 2021, esports is still anticipated for the fall.

College sports that require in-person competition face an uncertain future this fall.

Student-athletes across the country have tested positive for the coronavirus, including three UTSA football players and five of their Texas State counterparts.