New Games in the Arena

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 esports@durhamcollege.ca

 


Super Savage Bi-Weekly #1

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:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/durham.smUsh/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/547130002030476/

or contact @RyanDCB or @CoolDudeRene on twitter!


Durham Esports Summer Camps Announcement

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 esports@durhamcollege.ca. Hope to see you there.


Smashurai Dojo Monthly #2 Roundup

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 esports@durhamcollege.ca or message the tournament organizer Ryan, at @ryanDCB on Twitter.

Author: Raven Castaneda

DC Esport Arena Attendant


Smashurai Dojo Monthly #1 Recap

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 esports@durhamcollege.ca or message the tournament organizer Ryan, at @ryanDCB on Twitter. See you all there.

 

Author: Ben Bramly

DC Esport Arena Attendant


Ontario Collegiate Rocket League Recap: Week 1

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


Fireside Gathering, May 31st

Shadows will rise within the Durham esports arena! The Durham esports arena hosted its first official fireside gathering! Within fireside gatherings, players are able to experience fireside brawls, meet new friends and compete in small casual community tournaments. Our last event was Friday May 31st from 5pm-9pm and featured prizing from the Rise of Shadows Campaign box! Every attendee received a Rise of Shadows pin, and was entered into a raffle to win the Rise of Shadows coaster pack and Blizzcon 2018 hearthstone magnet set. The first place winner of the tournament won a blizzard key to unlock chapters 2 to 5 of the Rise of Shadows solo campaign, which gives Rise of Shadows packs, golden card packs, and if beaten on heroic difficulty, a card back.

Attending a fireside gathering also allows you to unlock exclusive in game content such as the warlock hero Nimzy and the Fireside cardback. In the future, the DC Esports Arena will also be participating in the classic Tavern Vs. Tavern! Better start building your team of three, what better way to practise that against your future competitors!

Players will be able to play Hearthstone on the arena provided computers, or on their smartphones as free public wifi will be provided for the entirety of the event.

For more information about the event visit: https://firesidegatherings.com/en-us/8592908 or join the discord at https://discordapp.com/invite/PHtJ8db.

 

Author: Raven Castaneda

DC Esports Arena Attendant


Extra Life 2019

Extra life has touched many lives over the last decade, supporting many children’s hospitals. Extra Life is a charity organization in which its main purpose and function is to help connect a community united through gaming to help raise funds for many children’s hospitals through the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

The fundraiser occurs through different events, and in Durham College’s case they have decided to run a 24-hour LAN gaming event on August 31st and September 1st from 7pm-7pm. During this live in-person event, attendees will be able to participate in a variety of activities. These activities will range from side events and console play, to gaming conferences and game streaming. Attendees will have the opportunity to stream their gameplay and create donation goals for the cause. Lastly, Attendees can apply to join our Durham Extra Life Team at https://www.extra-life.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.team&teamID=45226.

For more information and for live updates on our growing sponsors and attendees visit our facebook and follow our twitter page: https://www.facebook.com/events/447448422483473/ and https://twitter.com/dcesportsarena

Author: Ben Bramly

DC Esports Arena Attendant