The esports boom made its way to campus this weekend as Pitt gamers gathered in the Connolly Ballroom at Alumni Hall on Saturday for a day full of competition and community in the first Battle for Pittsburgh Gaming Tournament. The University Store on Fifth collaborated with tech giant Dell to put on the event.
The tournament featured two games open for competition — Valorant, a free-to-play first-person shooter game, and Beat Saber, a virtual reality rhythm game. According to Jennifer Cupp, a technology buyer for the University Store on Fifth, various vendors including UAG, AKRACING and AlienWare provided prizes and giveaways for the event.
The more competitive event of the day was the Valorant tournament, which was strictly competitive play the entire day because contestants competed in a bracket format. Beat Saber was casual for the majority of the event and became competitive around 1 p.m.
Jamir Grier, a sophomore computer science major, decided to compete in the Valorant tournament after seeing an advertisement for the event. He said he is an avid fan of Valorant and could not pass up the opportunity to play