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Esports team finishes third in hard-fought PA Cup competition

Members of the Penn College esports team compete last weekend in the Wildcat Den on the second floor of Madigan Library.
Members of the Penn College esports team compete last weekend in the Wildcat Den on the second floor of Madigan Library.

The third annual PA Cup esports championships took place Saturday, when Penn College teams competed against 17 counterparts from 11 schools in Pennsylvania. “Our teams battled to see who was the best in the state in League of Legends and Overwatch for a $3,000 prize pool,” said Joshua D. Young, coach of the college’s esports program. In group play (decided by a best of three), the Overwatch team went against the Temple Owls (2-0), Arcadia University Knights (2-0) and Saint Francis Red Flash (2-0) to advance to the finals as the No. 2 seed. The Messiah Falcons got the better of the Penn College team in the semi-finals, and the Wildcats finished third. Messiah would be rematched against the Harrisburg University Storm in the finals, which were professionally cast by the Nerd Street Gamers; Harrisburg won for the third year in a row. Saturday’s matches, along with other recent competitions, are available on Penn College esports’ Twitch TV stream.
Information and photo provided by Young, also a learning systems administrator at the college

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