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Release Date Friday, April 14, 2023

South Dakota Mines to Host Collegiate Champions League Midwest esports Final

A member of the South Dakota Mines’ varsity Overwatch 2 team plays on a PC in the Mines’ esports room. This year, Mines is hosting the Collegiate Champions League Midwest esports Final on April 15-16 in the Goodell Gym.

South Dakota Mines will play host to the Collegiate Champions League (CCL) Midwest esports Finals on campus in the Goodell Gym on April 15-16, 2023.

Collegiate esports athletes from South Dakota Mines, Dakota State University, North Dakota State University, South Dakota State University, University of South Dakota and Wayne State College will be competing in League of Legends, Rocket League and Valorant over the course of the event.

Divo Cerjan, South Dakota Mines’ Hardrocker esports varsity student coordinator and varsity Rocket League athlete, says, "Hosting the CCL Midwest finals is something special. The best part about hosting CCL is seeing all of these schools and players in person that compete in this league. Even though the setup for the event can be a bit stressful, you get to meet new people and potentially build new communities.”

Furthermore, Cerjan says, after competing against the different universities throughout the regular season, it’s exciting to get to face them in person for the final “stand.”

“On one hand, it's nerve-wracking since it puts extra pressure on you because you want to beat them, but on the other hand, it's also a unique and fun experience. Overall, the key part is making this event the best possible, so everyone enjoys it and leaves with a memorable experience,” Cerjan says.

Andy Roland, Dakota State University’s esports head coach and CCL director, says, “I am thrilled to have South Dakota Mines host CCL this season. With a number of great esports events under their belt, South Dakota Mines has been a great place for esports ventures over the years. The university has been a longtime player in the collegiate esports scene and has shown great attention to developing their athletes and growing their community. Dakota State University and other great esports programs in South Dakota are proud to have such strong and health organizations to compete and cooperate with.”

Semifinals will take place from at 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, April 15, and finals will be held from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday, April 16. Spectators are welcome to attend; the entrance fee is $5. Additionally, all matches will also be streamed lived on the Hardrocker_Esports twitch channel. 

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Founded in 1885, South Dakota Mines is one of the nation’s leading engineering, science and technology universities. South Dakota Mines offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees and a best-in-class education at an affordable price. The university enrolls 2,493 students with an average class size of 24. The South Dakota Mines placement rate for graduates is 98 percent, with an average starting salary of more than $70,036. For these reasons  South Dakota Mines is ranked among the best engineering schools in the country for return on investment. Find us online at www.sdsmt.edu and on FacebookTwitter, LinkedInInstagram, and Snapchat.

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