The MU Esports Rocket League group will complete in the Collegiate Rocket League Championship Game, after a semester spent driving a leased van to competitors across the Midwest.

The group will contend Thursday and Friday for a national title and $50,000 worth of scholarships to be divided among gamers.

MU’s Rocket League group certified as the top seed in the Western Conference after completing against schools consisting of Missouri State University, Kansas State University and Colorado State University.

” It’s practically a little surreal understanding how far we have actually come and just how much we’ve learned and advanced as a group both on and off the field,” the group’s coach, Ethan Baxter, stated.

Rocket League is a varsity level esport with a roster comprised of completely registered MU trainee gamers, sponsored by the university’s Department of Trainee Affairs.

The group has contended for three semesters because its debut in August 2019.

Just like NCAA group sports, esports teams have routine day-to-day practices, skirmishes against other teams and study halls to make sure players maintain their grades.

Together With Rocket League, a game of virtual vehicular soccer, Mizzou Esports has teams for Overwatch and League of Legends.

The Rocket League team has actually had wins prior to. In fall 2019, the team went unbeaten in the National Association of Collegiate Esports Rocket League Champion in Atlanta, a separate department for members just.

” My objective from the start was to put Mizzou Esports on the map and let the world understand we were going to enter the esports area at a high level,” Kevin Reape, the group’s manager, said.

Mizzou Esports is sponsored by computer system making business MSI, Missouri Online and a series of personal donors.

Reape explained that esports are not part of the NCAA, implying they have to do their own fundraising. The MU group has actually raised $500,000 in sponsorships over the past 2 years to assist support the program.

The competition next week will be livestreamed on Twitch.

” My participation in esports has really supported my experience at Mizzou, because without it, I would not feel as gotten in touch with the school,” player Christian VanMeter stated in an MU Department of Student Affairs news release. “My experience with the program has been fantastic up until now and I hope that we can continue to find success in the future.”