On August 24, esport student-athletes from 12 Ontario colleges and universities gathered at Durham College’s (DC) Esports Gaming Arena to compete in the Ontario Collegiate Rocket League (OCRL) Finals. A total of $7,000 in scholarship prizing was up for grabs in addition to the first-place title and – of course – bragging rights.
Co-produced by DC and OCRL, an entirely student-run organization, DC’s Esports Gaming Arena staff also offered mentorship throughout the event as students gained real-work experience for their resumés to help them gain employment in the fast-growing esports industry.
Fans were able to take in the action in-person thanks to the arena’s ample spectator space as well as online via Twitch, the world’s leading live streaming platform for gamers.
Although scholarship money eluded them, DC’s Rocket League players did achieve an upset in their bracket with a win over the second-seed Lambton College team, which knocked the Lambton Lions out of the tournament.
In the end, the Waterloo Warriors (University of Waterloo) took first place; Guelph Gryphons (University of Guelph) placed second; and third place went to the University of Toronto Varsity Blues.
Saturday August 24th marked the culmination of the Ontario Collegiate Rocket League (OCRL) season. 13 collegiate teams from across Ontario came together in the Durham College Esports Arena to fight for the title, and the largest share of the $7,000 prize pool. After 6 hours of hard fought matches, University of Waterloo took the tournament, beating out the Guelph Gryphons in the Grand Finals. University of Toronto finished in 3rd place. The arena was also packed with 50+ specators, as well as booths from event sponsors TD, Monster Energy, and Durham College. The event is available to watch online at: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/471726235
By: Ben Bramly – Esports Arena Attendant
The new annual summer esports camps ran for the very first time at the Durham College Esports Arena. Varsity GM Bill Ai lead the camp, with 11 campers who had a week of gaming fun and skill improvement. While at the arena, the campers were able to meet new people and develop their team building skills as they competed with and against each other to improve their Fortnite technique. The campers also experienced different team building exercises, as well as nutrition lessons and technical skill improvement within the game. At the end of each camp day Bill would elect one lucky camper as the camper of the day. They were chosen by skill that day, or whether they were just the most welcoming and fun to be around. Overall, the campers had a wonderful time and hope to sign up for next years summer camp! Be sure to keep an eye out as more information will be available early 2020!
Ontario Collegiate Rocket League (OCRL) and Durham College Esports Arena are excited to announce partnerships with Monster and TD for the upcoming OCRL Finals! TD will be providing collegiate teams participating with an opportunity to win their share of a $7,000 prize pool competing in the tournament. They will also be onsite with representatives! Monster will also be onsite with tons of free sampling and giveaways, as well as three Monster DxRacer chairs that will be raffled off at the event! The first chair can be won by marking yourself going to the event Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/events/326921917972667/). The other two chairs will be raffled live at the DC Esports Arena on August 24th at the OCRL Finals! Attendance is free for spectators so anyone is welcome to come watch the event, participate in giveaways, and meet the players!
The variety never stops at the DC Esports Arena. We’ve now expanded our current console collection to include even more genres and different classics. On PS4 we’ve picked up classic RPG’s such as The Witcher 3 and Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 +2.5 HD ReMix. As well as our first console First Person Shooter, Star Wars Battlefront 2. On Xbox One we’ve added a few new fighter games such as Injustice 2, UFC 3 and Tekken 7 as well as popular FPS games like Halo 5: Guardians and Battlefield 1. Our game library is always expanding, and players can always bring their own games to play in our comfortable lounge. We’re always open to game suggestions to be added to our library, so if you see a game you’d want to see at the arena feel free to drop us a message over on discord: https://discord.gg/PHtJ8db or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Durham Smash Group has now provided a new bi-weekly tournament in the Durham College Esports Arena. The new event is the Super Savage Bi-weekly (SSB) and will be conducted by Durham’s own Rene Suarez. The event ran its first iteration on June 26 with a solid turnout for both Smash Ultimate and Smash Melee. Congrats to Tamim in winning Smash Ultimate’s Single Bracket and congrats to MG for winning the Smash Melee bracket. Shoutouts to BigDaddyD and Pokecheese for their close second place finishes. The next event for the Super Savage tourney will come later in July. If you need your smash fix before then, the Smashurai Dojo will be hosting their monthly tournament for Smash Ultimate this July 7 featuring Monster and Dreamhack Prizing! For more information check the facebook group out at:
or contact @RyanDCB or @CoolDudeRene on twitter!
Durham College is proud to announce our first Electronic Sports (Esports) summer camps. Each week the College will offer gaming camps centered on self-improvement and team building as well as staying healthy while gaming. In these camps, our handpicked Esports coaches will provide assistance in teaching players skills in order to help each child grow in a competitive environment. They will learn and improve their game mechanics to give them an edge in whichever title they choose to play. These camps will range from a Console games focus in the first week, major Esports titles, and an exclusive girls week. The camps cost range from $250-$295 for the full week, and can also be paired with a meal plan option to insure your child receives proper nourishment during the camp.
For more information please visit the website here or send us an email at email@example.com. Hope to see you there.
This month’s Smashurai Dojo had an amazing turnout, with 39 attendees ready to win one of the two tournaments. For the first tournament – Squad Strike Battles – players must use teams of three different fighters, each with three stock in order to push for victory. This is to test a players diversity in fighter selection as a majority of Smash players usually play one or “main” a fighter. The final set was close, but SSN Riddles was able to push and win the set 2-1 and the Dreamhack Hoodie! Congrats to NCG Jw for the close set.
Following the conclusion of the Squad Strike Battles the focus transitioned to the main event: The Singles Bracket. With almost 40 attendees ready to fight, they were all hoping to win the 1st place prize of a free Dreamhack Montreal 2019 ticket. From the pools: Jw, Luggy, Riddles, Sage, Pokecheese, Red, Budget, Goose, Blush, Sirlouie, Jords2good, and Hub all made it into the playoff bracket. It boiled down to Jw and Riddles remeeting in the finals. This time however, Jw came out on top 2-1 and won the free Dreamhack Montreal Ticket!
Thanks to everyone that came out for the event and we hope to see you at the next one on July 7.
Signup is available at the door, and for more information send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or message the tournament organizer Ryan, at @ryanDCB on Twitter.
Author: Raven Castaneda
DC Esport Arena Attendant
Each month this summer, the Durham College Esports Arena will be hosting Smashurai Dojo and their monthly Smash Ultimate tournaments. These tournaments are open to the public, and feature both smash doubles and smash singles tournaments. The first event was held May 4th, with Jw winning the singles bracket convincingly. Pokecheese and Steve From Accounting also placed well, winning the doubles competition. The entire competition, and all future ones are available for viewing online if you aren’t able to come in to the arena and spectate. The recorded videos can be found at https://www.twitch.tv/smashuraidojo.
The next tournament will take place June 1st with the winner of the singles tournament winning a free ticket to Dreamhack Montreal this September! There will also be cash prizes and other Dreamhack merchandize for competitors through tournament placements or raffles and giveaways. Signup is available at the door, or at a discounted rate online at https://smash.gg/tournament/smashurai-dojo-irl-monthly-2. Future events are also planned for July 7th and August 3rd.
For more information send us an email at email@example.com or message the tournament organizer Ryan, at @ryanDCB on Twitter. See you all there.
Author: Ben Bramly
DC Esport Arena Attendant
The inaugural Ontario Collegiate Rocket League season kicked off over the May 24th weekend with 12 of the 14 teams in action. Each of the 14 teams will play each other once over the course of the summer season, culminating in the live finals at the Durham College Esports Arena on August 24th.
Week one featured a close matchup between Queens and Carleton A Ravens, with Queens slightly edging the Ravens in a 3-2 series victory. Brock Esports also secured their first win of the season over UofT, as did Carleton B as they beat out Laurentian with a 3-1 victory. Algonquin, Ryerson and U of Ottawa also won their week one match, while Lambton vs. Waterloo has been rescheduled to a future time and date.
Week two will feature a few exciting matchups, including an inter-school competition between Carleton A and B, as well as what should be a close game between Laurentian and Wilfrid Laurier. The League will span 11 weeks with exciting rounds all the way until the finals.
For more information and all the stats and schedules, check out the official OCRL page at: https://scheduler.leaguelobster.com/573946/ocrl/summer-series-1/
By Ben Bramly
DC Esport Arena Attendant & OCRL Organizer