First published 26 November 2019

Six university League of Legends teams descended on QUT last weekend to contest the first university LAN event hosted by QUT Esports.

More then 30 representatives from QUT, RMIT, Bond, Griffith, Swinburne and Murdoch universities competed across two stages of competition.

A round robin group stage ignited the event and saw each team play all other teams, which resulted in a second day semi-finals berth for QUT, RMIT, Bond and Griffith Universities.

In a fast-paced best of three series, day two saw RMIT defeat Griffith and QUT outsmart Bond to achieve a finals berth in the Inaugural event.  

The tournament concluded with the QUT Tigers winning the best of five series against the RMIT Redbacks with the action streamed online to hundreds of viewers.

QUT Students Jason ‘hi and goodbye’ Nguyen, Zihong ‘Unspecialized’ Li, Henri ‘Feint’ Magisson, William ‘Tekker’ Marinic and Ingacio ‘iggi’ Fujii comprised the winning squad, with three of the team members receiving sports scholarships, the first of their kind in the National University esports scene.

Zihong, who plays a mid-lane position for the QUT Tigers was ecstatic with the win and hopes to translate domestic success into international victory.

“A lot of credit must go to our coach who drafted all of our games," Zihong said.

“We are given clear game plans and it was up to us to execute which we did.

“I think this [the tournament] is a great start. It’s the first time QUT has hosted something like this."

Max VonNeumann, a caster, and analyst within the Australian esports scene, hosted the Twitch broadcast and praised the event.

“It is a step forward for the Oceanic collegiate scene and it’s great to see more and more universities get behind it," VonNeumann said.

QUT is currently planning the 2020 Intervarsity League of Legends competition, which will engage more esports players online from around the country at all levels of competition.

The Intervarsity tournament served as great preparation for QUT students as the team now prepares to fly out to China on November 28th to contest the World University Cyber Games Sanya Esports Festival with their coach Kevin ‘Vaccaria’ Nguyen.

They’ll take on seven university gaming teams – from China (two teams), North America, Europe, Japan, Russia, and Latin America.

QUT Esports Arena convenor Jacob Argent looks forward to overseeing the team in China and learning more about the Asian esports market.

 “The trip will give the team invaluable experience on the world stage and an opportunity to network with players from around the world," Argent said.

The tournament is being hosted in Sanya at the new $682 million esports theme park on China’s Hainan Island.