Gator Gamers Enjoy Success Along Tournament Trail
By Mark Kramer
Although the COVID-19 pandemic cut their spring competitions short, it has been a successful year for the UHD eSports Gator gamers.
UHD’s Gators team, competing in the League of Legends, advanced to the Final Four of the Intercollegiate Good Gamers League’s season. The team went 5-1 through the group stage of the competition, before falling to the only team going undefeated into the playoffs.
“We played against Power Five college teams from across the country,” said Jose Vazquez, Assistant Director of Student Activities. “The season was a great success. We had a lot of fun, but I think it's safe to say we were all disappointed to lose in the semifinals. We are looking forward to future events.”
UHD Team Members:
- Jake Zhu
- Irving Trejo
- Kimbland Clemons
- Ira Armstead
- Khang Nguyen
- Alexis Vazquez
- Ryan Hamerly
- Brandon Munoz
During the year, eSports hosted several Smash Bros. tournaments on campus. Vazquez said several players were scheduled in March to compete in a national tournament in California, but it was cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It would have been our first out of state national contest,” he noted.
In its first year of competition last year, ESPN held its College eSports Championship at the George R. Brown Convention Center with one UHD player placing in the top 40 out of 300 participants.
Looking forward to next school year, UHD’s group has already been invited to an intercollegiate FIFA eSports competition by the Houston Dynamo soccer club. Championships will be at BBVA Compass Stadium, the home of the Dynamo and Dash. Play is tentatively scheduled for September and October with championships sometime in late November or early December.
“I expect to us to do quite well,” Vazquez said.
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.