DALLAS, Sept. 17, 2018 – OP Live Dallas, a premier esports event running Sept. 22-23, 2018 in Irving, Texas, has finalized the roster of teams that will be competing in the collegiate Overwatch tournament Powered by the Dallas Fuel and Team Envy on Saturday, Sept. 22. The tournament will progress through opening rounds, quarterfinals and semifinals, before culminating in the tournament finals and awards ceremony later in the day.
Sixteen college esports teams will face off in the largest collegiate Overwatch tournament North Texas has ever seen at OP Live Dallas. Invited colleges will get a chance to prove themselves in front of pro players Hyeong “EFFECT” Hwang and Min-seok “OGE” Son of the Dallas Fuel and the Dallas Fuel coaching staff led by Head Coach Aaron “Aero” Atkins, General Manager Mat “Tazmo” Taylor and Assistant Coach Justin “Jayne” Conroy. Teams from the following colleges are slated to compete in the tournament:
OP Live Dallas is being presented through the collaboration of eGency Global, a leading esports production, marketing and talent management firm and SMU (Southern Methodist University) Guildhall, the top ranked graduate school for video game design in the world.
The two-day event will take place at the Irving Convention Center and also include the Bounty Royale Brawl featuring Fortnite, a Hackathon, pro esports player meet and greets, “Powered Talks” with reps from the Dallas Fuel and Team Envy and other esports industry leaders, exhibitor hall and more. Funds raised by gamers during the event will benefit Extra LifeTM, an organization that supports local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals®.
To purchase tickets or learn more about OP Live Dallas Powered by Team Envy and the Dallas Fuel, visit http://www.OPLiveDallas.com/.
OP Live Title Sponsor: Reaction A/V.
Other sponsors include Team Envy & the Dallas Fuel, GameStop, Playful, The Trade Group, Pixio Gaming, Bioworld, Lucid Sound, and SMU Guildhall.
About eGency Global:
eGency Global is one of most experienced esports firms in North America, offering a full suite of services from event production, customer/fan engagement, sponsorship and talent marketing to data analytics, media and strategic marketing. eGency Global is the leading strategic advisor in helping brands, event and media properties, and teams looking to navigate and capitalize on the rapidly expanding esports ecosystem.
About SMU Guildhall:
SMU Guildhall is the #1 Graduate Program for Game Design in the world. Many of the school’s founders are industry icons, and classes are taught by industry veterans. Since 2003, the program has graduated over 700 students, who now work at more than 250 video game studios around the world. SMU Guildhall offers both a Master of Interactive Technology in Digital Game Development degree and a Professional Certificate of Interactive Technology in Digital Game Development, with specializations in Art, Design, Production, and Programming. For more information, visit guildhall.smu.edu.
Deputy Director, GameLab
About Dallas Fuel
Dallas Fuel, one of 12 esports franchises selected to compete in the Overwatch League, is owned and operated by Dallas-based esports organization Envy Gaming, Inc. Envy was founded as a professional Call of Duty team in 2007 and has grown into one of the largest and most winning esports groups in the world. The internationally diverse Dallas Fuel roster consists of the best talent from around the globe. For more information on the Dallas Fuel, follow the team on Twitter @DallasFuel.
Dallas Fuel, public relations
About Envy Gaming
Envy Gaming, Inc. is the owner and operator of popular esports franchise Team Envy and Overwatch League franchise the Dallas Fuel. Founded as a professional Call of Duty team in 2007, owner Mike Rufail has grown the Dallas-based organization into one of the largest and most-winning esports groups in the world. Today, Envy Gaming competes, streams and produces content across Overwatch, Call of Duty, PUBG, Street Fighter V, Paladins, FIFA and Fortnite. Envy was named the 2016 Esports Team of the Year. For more information on Envy, visit Envy.gg or follow @Envy on Twitter.