The Boise State Esports arena saw it’s busiest period of activity last weekend hosting the CECC West Regional Tournament. The LAN event brought in players and residents from all across the western United States for a chance to win prize money and a trip to Arlington TX for the CECC National Finals. Teams competed in Valorant, Super Smash Bros Ultimate, Overwatch 2 and Rocket League.
Teams from as far a Hawaii, their fans, and seven different casters attended over the course of two days. The event filled the arena to capacity on both days and garnered local news coverage. Teams competed in group stages for all of the featured games on Saturday, and finals on Sunday. For many colleges attending, it was their first experience competing at an in-person LAN tournament. The Broncos, however, were already quite familiar with competing at LAN tournaments and flourished in the competitive environment. Boise State finished 1st place in Overwtach 2 and Rocket League, guaranteeing both teams a spot in the nationals.
Many of the arena’s newest additions, such as a green room, dedicated esports studio, and expanded 5v5 main stage were used extensively throughout the weekend. These additions were the result of the arena’s extensive winter break refurbishment. Many more events are yet to be held later this year at the arena, such as hosting public gaming events Hackfort and the Mountain West Conference Championships. The Bronco’s will travel to Texas in early May to compete in the CECC nationals. Teams who have not already qualified for nationals will have one last chance to qualify for the event in April during the CECC LCQ qualifiers.
Written by Jacob Palmer.