The ECAC League of Legends Championship Finals is almost here.
This Saturday, ECPI University and the University at Albany are set to take to Summoner's Rift for the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) title. ECPI's esports program originated less than two years ago but has already fostered a team that has the chance to take a title. This is an incredible achievement for all involved.
ECPI Athletic Director Mike Glover shared his excitement for the program:
"I am extremely proud of our players and coach for advancing in this conference and going undefeated this season ... We look forward to competing against the University at Albany this weekend and bringing home our first conference championship title!"
Glover also shared that though COVID-19 forced the championship to an online format, the team adjusted easily. "ECPI University has positioned itself as a leader in remote and online education for many years," he said. It is disappointing to have to play from home, instead of together on stage. Fortunately, esports has proved resilient during the global pandemic. They're providing entertainment to many while traditional sporting events are all canceled.
Colleges and universities, where communities are so key to success, can still rally behind esports in this time of uncertainty. Esports programs at these universities are the culmination of hard work and passion from the students and are blossoming throughout the world. Whether you're part of ECPI, UAlbany, or just a League of Legends fan, this is an exciting event indeed.
The ECAC Finals will be broadcast on Saturday, May 23 on the ECPI Twitch channel. It starts with a pregame coaches show at 2:30 pm ET, with the games beginning at 3 pm ET.