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Fiesta Bowl Overwatch Collegiate National Championship coming to Tempe on Feb. 17

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Right on the heels of an amazing start to the Overwatch League, the collegiate season of the game will be ramping up to an exciting conclusion in Tempe on Feb. 17.

Three teams from the University of California (Berkeley, San Diego, and Irvine, respectively) and one from the University of Toronto will battle it out at the Fiesta Bowl Overwatch Collegiate National Championship held at Arizona State University. 

The four teams are competing for the championship title and a hefty chunk from approximately $90,000 in scholarship funds up for grabs. UC Berkeley in particular has a lot of pressure on them, as they will also be defending their championship from the 2016-17 season.

The action won’t be strictly revolving around California and Canada’s teams however, as there will be a planned exhibition match between rival schools ASU and University of Arizona before the tournament play kicks off.

Matches will take place inside of the Sun Devil Fitness Complex. Doors will be opened at 2 p.m. on the 17th, with grand finals scheduled for 7 p.m. General admission to the event is free on a first come, first served basis. Attendees can choose to purchase reserved seating for $10 ahead of time and will be treated to a swag bag, as well as guaranteed entry if the venue reaches capacity. Both types of tickets can be reserved here.

Onsite parking will be available free of charge outside of the complex. According to the event page, food trucks, giveaways, and a Blizzard store will be available to attendees throughout the day of matches. For folks who are unable to attend, the event will be streamed live on Twitch and MLG.com.

The national championships for collegiate Overwatch have come after a fall semester season full of competition across approximately 300 participating teams. The event comes as a partnership between the Tespa network of college gaming clubs and the Fiesta Bowl.

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Christen Bejar

Christen Bejar is a freelance gaming writer who started the local blog The Pause Button while studying at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. For Nerdvana, Bejar reviews video games and also previews, recaps and photographs many local events from a gamer's perspective.

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