First published 4 November 2020

QUT Sport partnered with Riot Games to deliver the Inaugural National Intervarsity Esports League in 2020. 

The National Intervarsity Esports league has concluded for the year with University of Technology Sydney, University of Melbourne, Queensland University of Technology and the University of Queensland rounding out the top 3 places.   

The League contested within the League of Legends game ran from the 12 August to 12 October 2020 and saw 10 Australian and New Zealand based universities compete across 55 matches with the penultimate goal of claiming the Championship title.

This year the event provided an important opportunity for the QUT Tigers Academy to hone their skills working as a team in preparation for larger National and International esports events.  

QUT Student and Esports Academy Member Stewart "Flick" Riesenweber highlighted the positive team development that was enabled through the operation of the Intervarsity league.  

‘I’ve had previous experience being involved in other competitive teams, and the community, camaraderie and depth of support go above and beyond what exists within the Esports scene Nationally at present, 

‘I’d like to thank all universities that entered teams and took part and congratulate all players who were involved. 

‘The production crew and casting team, specifically Max ‘Formalcasting’ VonNeumann and Jack ‘WarpdriverC’ Kennedy did an amazing job commentating on all the action and making it a real spectacle for our spectator following, Riesenweber said. 

Semester 2: Final competition standings:

1st - University of Technology Sydney

2nd - University of Melbourne

3rd - Queensland University of Technology

3rd - The University of Queensland 

5th - University of New South Wales

5th - Griffith University

7th - Australian Catholic University

7th - University of Waikato

9th - University of Canberra

10th - Murdoch University

About the League

The League of Legends Intervarsity League is a semester-based national esports competition that strengthens the competitive spirit between universities and showcases competitor skills at the highest level of esports. In 2020, QUT Sport was granted an exclusive licence to run the first national intervarsity competition by Riot Games following a successful pilot initiative which was run in November 2019. 

All league matches were streamed live on QUT’s dedicated Twitch channel, showcasing all the action within the fast-paced League of Legends game and boasting an increasing viewership. Across the 11-week competition, the stream reached hundreds of viewers, with the grand final amassing a viewership of over 500. 

To learn more about the competition, check out highlights on the QUT Esports YouTube channel or visit the Intervarsity Championship page.