From April 24 to 30, there were competitions in four e-sports disciplines and we talked to the tournament participants and organizers.
The tournament was organized by CyberHSE together with Bauman E-sports. The competition was open to students from all Moscow universities, and there were four disciplines: Hearthstone, Dota 2, FIFA 20, and CS:GO. The competition was live streamed, and the streams have been viewed over 3,000 times in total.
204 students participated in the tournament, with 154 of them from HSE University. FIFA 20 attracted the most participants, with 64 players competing. The competition winners will get mice, headsets, and keyboards, and the three FIFA 20 winners will share a cash prize.
HSE students came first and second in Hearthstone and won 12 prizes in Dota 2 as part of mixed teams. In CS:GO, five out of ten prize winners were teams that included HSE students.
This is the first time I have participated in such an online event, and I was surprized with the high level of organisation, which is not always a typical thing. I would be happy to take part again: it is great that even during times like these, life does not stop and instead, continues in an interesting direction.
An e-sports tournament is a great idea when we’re all in isolation. I managed to watch several Dota games, and the commentators made the broadcast a lot of fun. The tournament managed to give me some of the emotions that I was missing during the quarantine, particularly when your favourite team wins against the run of play.
This was my first serious experience in e-sports event organization. The ever-growing number of registrations was scary, but I managed to make it work eventually. The tournament turned out to be a great success. I am really grateful to the participants for their enthusiasm in the competition, and to my fellow CyberHSE people for their valuable advice during these trying times.
I was delighted to learn that a big e-sports tournament would be held by my home university! I am grateful to the organizer for providing live streams with commentators. This allowed us to not only see the final results of the games, but the gameplay itself, giving a lot of positive emotions and providing a welcome distraction from recent events.