Get ready for some serious gaming on campus this weekend. Eight professional eSports athletes will take part in a weekend-long StarCraft II tournament, with the winner taking home $10,000 in prizes. Beginning Friday afternoon, the Full Sail Live Venue will be transformed into the Red Bull Training Grounds, and each gamer will participate in scrimmages, training sessions, and head-to-head competition.
The event is similar to last year’s Red Bull LAN, an invitation-only event where 24 StarCraft II and Halo:Reach players trained and competed during an intense weekend in the Full Sail Live Venue–turned–competitive gaming arena. Just like last year, a team of expert commentators (Sean “Day” Plott, Marcus “djWHEAT” Graham, and Ben “Mr. Bitter” Nichol) will be on hand to provide live analysis and in-depth insight into how StarCraft II is played.
One of the most popular games on the eSports circuit, Blizzard Entertainment’s StarCraft II is a real-time strategy game where players must race each other through a futuristic galaxy. The eight gamers taking part in this weekend’s Training Grounds are some of the best StarCraft II players in the world. If you think you’re good, wait until you watch these guys.
Red Bull Training Grounds is free and open to the public. Scrimmages and round robin tournament action take place on Friday and Saturday from 1-9 p.m. and the final four players will face off in a tournament for the cash grand prize starting Sunday at 1 p.m. Students must wear their Full Sail ID. For anyone who can’t make it, the event will be streamed live online at redbull.com/esports.