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Point Park University, Penguins Team Up to Host Esports Tournament

Video game tournament is Point Park's latest venture into a billion dollar industry.


Point Park University is teaming up with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Pittsburgh Knights, a professional esports team, to host an esports tournament this weekend at the Pittsburgh Playhouse.

The Steel City Showdown on May 11 and 12 will feature competitions in Super Smash Bros., NBA 2K and NHL 2K . The multi-day tournament is sponsored by the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation, iHeart Media and Walmart.

Esports, or competitive video gaming, has exploded in popularity in recent years. Some of the best players and teams can have global online followings and secure huge sponsorship deals as they compete in live tournaments. Now, one of those tournaments is coming to Pittsburgh.

"It's long overdue for Pittsburgh to really get behind one of these tournaments, and our Playhouse is the perfect venue for it," said Steve Tanzilli, dean of the Rowland School of Business at Point Park.

Tanzilli says the university offers a class in the business of esports and is heavily invested in educating students to take part in the $1.5 billion industry .

Cavs Legion GC, a professional esports team from Cleveland, will also be taking part in this weekend's tournament.

"This may be the first esports tournament for many gamers in the Pittsburgh area, so we are excited to help bring this to life and provide a fun and educational experience for all those who attend," said Len Komoroski, CEO of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Quicken Loans Arena.

There will be cash prizes for the top finishers in each game. You can click here to register to compete, or to buy spectator tickets for $5. Proceeds from the event benefit The Ablegamers Charity, dedicated to "improving accessibility in the video game space, enabling more people with disabilities to be able to play video games."

Images courtesy Point Park University.

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