Over the past weekend, the inaugural season for the Peach Belt Conference came to its conclusion. Despite there only being one champion, two teams came out victorious, both notching spots in the Play-Ins for a chance at reaching the National Championship in Los Angeles. Today, we look at which team is feeling peachy after winning a championship, and how the other avenged a regular season defeat.
Game 1 — 24:44
Blue: AU — 6 // 31.8k
Red: GC — 19 // 50.5k
Game 2 — 27:56
Blue: GC — 21 // 56.9k
Red: AU — 9 // 39.3k
— Peach Belt (@PeachBelt) March 18, 2018
Game 1 — 24:28
Blue: UNG — 15 // 43.8k
Red: GC — 6 // 34.9
Game 2 — 28:26
Blue: GC — 11 // 41.6k
Red: UNG — 14 // 55.7k
Game 3 — 45:38
Blue: UNG — 20 // 78.0k
Red: GC — 42 // 85.8k
Game 4 — 23:35
Blue: GC — 5 // 33.2k
Red: UNG — 27 // 49.3k
Even though the Peach Belt Conference has been brushed off due to weaker teams and not having the publicity of the primary regions, the conference did make an impact in its inaugural year of collegiate esports.
Following the entry of this second NCAA conference in the esports space, a third is looking to enter the fray. Reported last week, the Big East Conference will host an independent invitational tournament for Rocket League and League of Legends with broadcasted Finals in mid-April for schools within their conference. While this has no ties to Riot’s National Championship, this is still another Division I conference recognizing esports and establishing legitimate events.
Even if schools do not get their conference to help establish official conference invitationals in esports, students are being inspired and taking matters into their own hands. Schools within the Pac-12 have created a student-ran independent league to mimic the likes of the PBC and promote esports. Schools within the SEC are in attempt to do the same. Having established precedents for these student-lead invitationals will surely make waves and create a bright future for collegiate esports.
With the first Peach Belt season being officially over, there are a lot of positives and successes to look back on! The Peach Belt will continue to be represented by the University of North Georgia and Georgia College in the Play-Ins for the National Championship, and in the spirit of March Madness, one of them might just turn some heads at the top of the collegiate game.
Do you think one of these teams will make it to the National Championship? What was your favorite part about the PBC? Be sure to follow CSL on Twitter and Facebook to keep up with all things collegiate esports! With Regional Semifinals coming up this weekend, be on the lookout for previews, links fo the streams, and more!
George Crook is a Junior Interdisciplinary Studies major at Mississippi State University, with concentrations in Sports Studies and Public Relations. Alongside being a Staff Writer for the Collegiate Starleague, he also works as a Marketing Intern within the university’s Athletic Department. You can find him on Twitter @gcrook__.
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