Wichita eSports to host convention in Experiential Engineering Building

Wichita eSports, previously a Wichita State University organization which graduated and became a business in March 2016, is hosting a convention in the newly built Experiential Engineering Building Friday to Sunday.

The College of Engineering and other organizations are sponsoring the event. The building was reserved through Shocker eSports, a provisional athletics team at Wichita State.

At least nine gaming tournaments will be held on all three floors of the Experiential Engineering Building in various computer labs. Wichita eSports plans to give out around $20,000 total to tournament victors.

“This is by far the biggest event that we’ve had so far,” CEO Ramsey Jamoul said.

The League of Legends and Counter Strike: Global Offense tournaments are two of the main attractions of the convention and include collegiate and semi-pro teams from inside and outside of the Midwest. Robert Morris University and the University of North Texas both have collegiate teams that will be participating in the League of Legends tournament.

Wichita eSports also plans to have eight virtual reality vendors, a cosplay/costume contest, a video game creation contest, TV’s and projectors for viewing the tournaments, and many smaller tournaments for various games which allow anyone to sign up.

The fee for entry is $10 on Friday and Sunday and $15 on Saturday, when most of the bigger events will take place. A weekend pass is $25.