When we discovered that Penn State Athletics would not allow our LoL team to compete in the Big Ten Conference, we were devastated. This was something we were working towards for a long time. The chance to join collegiate Esports in front of a mainstream audience is one of our dreams. Also, Penn State’s decision stopped our players from receiving a potential $30,000 in scholarships from Riot Games.
After contacting Penn State officials and Big Ten employees, we were told that Penn State did not sign off because they are very protective of their “brand” and did not have the enough time to address us. Because this took place during the Rose Bowl, Penn State was too busy. With the help of our adviser Bart Pursel, we fought hard to make this happen. Although we are currently excluded, we will do everything to join next season. We will show Penn State how passionate we are and will make it happen. You all deserve it. We will continue pushing to make Penn State Esports bigger and better.