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Harrisburg College Esports program acknowledged as certainly one of nation’s finest – PennLive

For the second consecutive year, the Harrisburg University Storm has been nominated for the Tempest Awards’ “Best Collegiate Esports Program” honor.

Each October, the Esports industry’s most innovative companies and executives are honored during The Tempest Awards Gala, according to a press release. Categories that span production, marketing, talent, and technology are judged, leading to awards that serve as North America’s top honors for the brands, teams, leagues, players, and business leaders driving the competitive gaming industry, the press release said.

The Storm won the “Best Collegiate Esports Program” honor during The Tempest Awards Gala in Las Vegas last year. Finalists competing for this year’s honor – to be awarded during the Virtual Tempest Awards Gala on Oct. 28 – include Full Sail University, UC Irvine, University of Utah, and Boise State, the release said.

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“It is an honor to once again be recognized as one of the strongest and most innovative programs in collegiate Esports,” said Harrisburg University President, Dr. Eric Darr. “While facing tough challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic this year, the team continues to perform and showcase their talent and this acknowledgment is proof that we continue to pave the way for collegiate esports.”

Harrisburg University is one of the first schools to create a varsity Esports team, offering full-tuition scholarships to its players, according to its release. The Storm has won two consecutive Collegiate Overwatch National Championships since its inception in 2018 and beat Maryville to win the ESPN Collegiate Esports National Championship in 2019.

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