Colleges Kick Off Fall with LAN Parties
Although the leaves haven’t changed colors and it is currently 80 degrees outside, the fall season is now here. Once again, schools are back in session. To kick off the year on a positive note, colleges in Southern California have been hosting back-to-school esports LAN events. As part of iBP College Tour, iBUYPOWER made stops at Cal Poly Pomona and UC Irvine last month in support of their collegiate esports events.
On September 27, UC Irvine hosted Fall Kick-Off in their esports arena, powered by iBUYPOWER. Nearly 1,000 students came by the arena to play games and hang out with their friends. There was music, activities, and sponsor booths on the terrace. Many giveaways were prized out, ranging from peripherals to an SSD (check out the winners on Twitter). At our booth, we promoted our new show called Room for Improvement (first episode is live on YouTube) as well as our fairly recent partnership with Toyota Racing Development.
The week before that, on September 20, Cal Poly Pomona hosted FragFest 2019 in which nearly 500 students participated in the open LAN and interacted with various sponsors that came. Some brought their own laptops to game on, while others played on our case builder systems like true esports pros. There were huge crowds and hype for two big raffles of the night. The tournament took place in the main hall of the business administration building, with several fighting game tournaments being run in the side rooms.
There are three more exciting stops before the end of this year; we are swinging by Shawnee State University in Ohio (November 15-16), UC Santa Barbara (November 16), and UC Riverside (November 17). Follow us on Twitter to stay updated on our journey in collegiate esports.