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Successful participation in and publicity for the Catalan University e-Sports Championship

22   June   2017

The UOC Overwatch team took second place in the Championship.

The UOC Overwatch team took second place in the Championship.

More than 250 students from Catalan universities participated in the second Catalan University e-Sports Championship, which is co-organized by the UOC. Xčnia Porta describes her experience as a member of the UOC Overwatch team, which came in second.

The 2017 Catalan University e-Sports Championship started in March with the preliminary rounds of the four events in the Championship: two team events, League of Legends and Overwatch, and two individual events, Hearthstone and FIFA17. The participants competed online via the OGseries University portal with the goal of reaching the finals, attended in person at the Elite Gaming Center Barcelona.

250 students from 11 Catalan universities participated in the 2017 Catalan University e-Sports Championship. You can consult the progress of the competition and all the winners in this document.

The joint organization of the UOC, OGSeries University and the Elite Gaming Center gave the Championship and the activities of Catalan University Sports greater publicity and visibility. For example, a dedicated Twitter account was opened (@CCUeSports) to follow the competition and all the games of Overwatch could be watched live via streaming on the SnasGG Twitch channel, with 317 viewers during the preliminary round and 228 viewings during the finals. You can also watch the final via this link.

The UOC Overwatch team took second place in the Championship. One of the members of the team, Xčnia Porta, a Psychology student, recalls her experience at the Championship and how she became a fan of video games.

Are e-sports really a "sport"?

Lots of people ask this! Perhaps they cannot be considered a "physical sport", but they do involve a high degree of mental activity. For this reason, I think it is right to call it "sport", in the category of "mental sports", like poker or chess. 

How did you get into it? 

I've played video games since I was young. My father got me into it by teaching me how to play PlayStation 1 or the classic GameBoy by Nintendo. It is a hobby that has become quite an important part of my daily life: I really like spending my spare time having a good time with friends who also enjoy this hobby.

Traditionally, it’s a male hobby...

Yes, but increasingly there are more women interested in video games. In spite of everything, it is still predominantly male, although this does not concern me or make me feel uncomfortable at all.

Is this the first time you have participated in championships at this level? 

It was my first experience in a tournament of this type... and I hope it won’t be the last! I really enjoyed participating and I will definitely sign up for it next year. Also, the organization was fantastic.

In recent years, e-sports have become very popular. How do you see the future of this category?

Yes, I suppose it is due to the development of platforms like Twitch or YouTube, which make it possible to play games with players around the world. I suppose that it will continue to be a phenomenon on the rise and I wouldn't be surprised if, in the future, e-sports events became much more widely-known and enjoyed much more social recognition.

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