24 May 2016 - 19:34

PAC-12 Hopes to Enter Esports

The PAC-12, a university athletic conference located on the west coast of the United States plans to host esports tournaments.
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The Pacific 12 Conference, a university athletic conference located on the west coast of the United States of America, has revealed their commitment to esports through a decision from their yearly board end meeting. During the meeting, of which the official release can be found here, the university presidents and chancellors approved the conference’s television network to move forward with esports related programming for the upcoming school year.

PAC-12 Network, the television network in question, is split between six regional sub-networks that focus on different schools. The esports related programming has yet to be decided, but will be revealed in the coming months.

Although there is no concrete plan, moving forward with esports is one of the PAC-12’s priorities as it sees the importance of such competitions through the student bodies across all of their member schools.

Larry Scott, the commissioner of the PAC-12, had this to say about their decision to add esports to their future plans for th network. “eSports is a natural fit for many of our universities located in the technology and media hubs of the country, Pac-12 Networks’ commitment to innovation as well as its natural tie to our universities and established media platform make it the perfect organization to develop the framework for eSports intercollegiate competition.”

The PAC-12 consists of the University of Arizona, Arizona State University, University of California Berkeley, University of California Los Angeles, University of Colorado Boulder, University of Oregon, Oregon State University, USC, Stanford, University of Utah, University of Washington, Washington State University. North American esports and the west coast seem to go hand-in-hand in recent years, making this one of the best conferences to get involved.

The statements might be vague, but it is clear that the PAC-12 see the value in esports. Collegiate esports have seen some improvement over the years, but it still has a long way to go. Hopefully the PAC-12 will be able to accelerate that process.

What games do you think the PAC-12 Network are going to include? How do you feel about the PAC-12 coming in? Let us know in the comments below or tweet us @GAMURScom.

Patrick Cowley can be contacted through email at patrick@esports.guru or on Twitter, @PtrckCowley.

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