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What: The HUE Invitational is one the nation’s largest collegiate esports tournaments hosted right in the heart of Downtown Harrisburg. The 2023 HUE Invitational will feature 16 colleges and universities and close to 30 top teams all vying for the HUE Invitational Championships in League of Legends, Rocket League, and for the first time, Valorant. While this is the 6th iteration of the event, this is the 5th in-person HUE LAN hosted at the university. Intel is joining us again as a presenting sponsor for the event. They have helped provide us with Intel® NUC 11 Extreme Kit NUC11BTMi9 (Beast Canyon) 11th Gen PCs for HUE’s competition space. We also worked closely with Viewsonic to bring in ViewSonic XG2431 monitors for competitors to utilize. 

HUE this year will also be run primarily by Harrisburg University esports student volunteers. Students from the esports management, production, and performance major along with other programs at HU will be coming together to help administrate the tournament, broadcast matches, and assist competing schools throughout the entire event. 

Harrisburg University is one of the most notable collegiate esports programs in the country with 3 national championships via the former Overwatch2 team and 2 “Best Collegiate Esports Program” titles from the Tempest Awards (2019, 2020).  

Where: Harrisburg University of Science and Technology (326 Market Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101). While HUE is not open to the public, all the action will be streamed on and starting around 2pm ET on 9/15.

When: Friday, September 15th 8:00AM through Sunday, September 17th until the final match ends (appx. 7:30PM) 

Who: Harrisburg University, University of St. Thomas, Maryville University, University of Texas at Arlington, George Mason University, St. Edward’s University, Winthrop University, Blinn College, West Virginia University, Fisher College, Saint Louis University, Indian River State College, The University of Mississippi, Illinois State University, Converse University, Cumberland University 

Quote from Director of Esports Mike Navarro regarding HUE: “HUE is an opportunity for esports programs to meet and interact face to face, an event for universities to introduce their new players to a LAN setting, and a highly competitive tournament to serve as a measuring stick for where programs place amongst the best in the nation.”