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eSports Tourney a ‘Smash’ Hit


By Mike Emery

In a short time, UHD’s eSports Lounge has proven to be a popular site for student engagement and is attracting attention from gaming communities locally and across the nation. Last week, the Lounge hosted its first major tournament with 64 student competitors and more than 250 spectators.

“Super Smash Brothers” was the game of the day, and buzz extended beyond campus. The top three finishers included Diego Sandoval (1st place), Anthony Vazquez (2nd place) and Juan Gonzalez (3rd place). Each winner received UHD Bookstore gift cards.

According to Tremaine Kwasikpui, director of Student Activities, the tournament was streamed online and garnered 1,400 views from users on platforms, such as Twitch, Esports Arena and Discord. Gaming enthusiasts from around the world (Brazil, Mexico, Italy, South Korea, Canada, Norway and Switzerland) tuned in to the tournament.

“This was the first event of its kind at UHD,” Kwasikpui said. “The crowd participation was amazing. We're so excited for the support of the University’s administration and the engagement of our students.”

UHD’s eSports Lounge officially opened on Nov. 20, 2018. The Lounge was coordinated through the support and efforts of UHD President, Dr. Juan Sánchez Muñoz, Student Activities, Student Affairs, Information Technology and the Administration & Finance.

The next UHD eSports is a tournament scheduled for 1 p.m., March 22.

About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) – the second-largest university in Houston – has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974.

As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates more than 15,000 students; boasts more than 61,000 alumni and offers 45 bachelor’s, nine master’s degree programs and 16 fully online programs within five colleges (Marilyn Davies College of Business; Humanities & Social Sciences; Public Service; Sciences & Technology; and University College).

For the fourth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report ranks UHD among universities across the nation for Best Online Criminal Justice Programs (No. 27 and No. 15 for Veterans) and Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.

UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston and one of the lowest in Texas. U.S. News ranked the University among Top Performers on Social Mobility and awarded UHD a No. 1 ranking as the most diverse institution of higher education in the southern region of the U.S. The University is noted nationally as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, Minority-Serving Institution and Military Friendly School. For more on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit www.uhd.edu.