SCSD’s First-Ever Esports Camp
FRIDAY, July 21, 2023
WARZONE 2.0 TOURNAMENT (RECAP)
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2022
HEATED DUOS TOURNAMENT COMES DOWN TO THE LAST FEW SECONDS TO DETERMINE THE WINNERS.
ELITE Gaming Arena located inside the MOST Museum hosted a ‘Warzone 2.0’ duos tournament, and it was FIRE! Ten duo teams from all over Central New York dropped into Al Mazrah for a four- hour tournament as they battle it out for their share of the $400 prize pool.
Once the teams were warmed up on ELITE’s brand-new gaming PC’s and consoles, they dove right into tournament play. Each team had four hours to play as many matches as they could, but only their top four matches would count toward their overall score. The place they finished each match in was also rewarded by ‘point multipliers’, which boost- ed their scores. The higher they finished, the higher the score multiplier.
During the four hours team scores were regularly posted on the main stage to keep track of their standings and see what the other teams were up to. Teams were going up and down the leaderboard all night, which kept things exciting!
But, after four hours of grinding, it came down to the very last minute as Puma Gang jumped from fourth place to second place with their best match of the tournament! To say they were stocked is an understatement!
After the adrenaline subsided, Weapon X came out on top with an impressive first place score of 150.8. Next, Puma Gang jumped to second place with a score of 108.6, while Liquid D2 came in a very close third place with a 101.2 score.
ELITE Gaming would like to thank every- one that came out to compete and spectate during an exciting tournament! We also want to send a special shoutout to team Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, who made the trip all the way from Seneca Falls!
ELITE CUP SERIES (RETROGAMECON RECAP EDITION)
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2022 & SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2022
Baldwinsville Red defeated Baldwinsville Black in a best-of-3 series Saturday afternoon to crown themselves champions of the first ever ELITE Cup Series Rocket League tournament, hosted by ELITE Gaming. This 2v2 styled double elimination tournament featured teams from Baldwinsville, West Genessee, and Phoenix school districts with players ranging from grades 7 to 12. The ELITE Cup Series is just a taste of what’s in store for gamers of all ages and skill levels when ELITE Gaming opens Syracuse’s very first esports arena and gaming academy, located in the MOST Museum.
Local schools took the stage to compete in Syracuse’s first ever live esports tournament hosted by CNY’s first esports arena and gaming academy, ELITE Gaming. What started off as wide eyes and smiles quickly turned into serious faces, intense teamwork, and extreme focus as the teams took the competition stage. West Genesee, Baldwinsville, and Phoenix all sent their Rocket League teams to compete in the double elimination tournament called the ELITE Cup Series. When the dust and confetti settled, Baldwinsville teams walked away with both first and second place trophies, while Phoenix fought hard to earn their third place trophy.
ELITE Gaming will help schools develop their esports programs by providing turn key solutions from start to finish. ELITE Gaming will also host leagues, boot camps, and tournaments for schools at their 12,000 sq. ft. esports arena opening later this year, inside the MOST Museum. ELITE Gaming also plans to hold adult courses on nights and weekends for those who would like to add to their resume, start a new career, or just keep up to date with the latest technology such as programming, graphic design, video production, and website development.
“Not only are we organizing and hosting esports competitions for schools, we’re also bringing the entire gaming eco- system to Syracuse. Students will have the opportunity to attend classes at the ELITE Gaming arena to obtain stackable credentials and learn about the many exciting career paths in the $225B+ gaming industry. We’re raising digital citizens and ELITE’s mission is to provide an all-inclusive, safe environment where students can pursue a technology- based career while having fun at the same time"
— Rob O’Connor (Co-Founder of ELITE Gaming)
“Esports is here, and people are ready to get together and compete. Schools are recognizing esports as a legitimate sport with coaches, practices, and competitions. ELITE Gaming is providing an outlet for students to be part of something that they’re very passionate about”
— Matt Guernsey (Co-Founder of ELITE Gaming)