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IC Esports Falls to Maryland, 2-0

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The Illinois College esports team fell in Week 2 of the Upsurge Premier League to the University of Maryland, a team who reached the semifinals of Riot Games League of Legends Collegiate championship last season.

After an even contest in the first match that ended 18-13, Maryland had a dominant performance in the second match winning 25-10.

Illinois College falls to 0-2 in the Upsurge Premier League.

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Southeast seeking donations for e-sports team

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Competitive video gaming, or E-sports, is one of the fastest growing competitive scenes in the world. And that scene is making its way to Central Illinois. The Illinois College e-sports team regularly competes against Big 10 schools and semipro teams. Southeast Springfield High School is looking to join the action. Southeast will be the first high school in Springfield to field an e-sports team.

E-sports, like any other team, is an opportunity to students to represent their school and get a real shot at a scholarship. But while e-sports don’t require the large facilities that other sports do, they do have equipment costs. Computers, mice, headsets, and the other kit necessary to take part can be out of reach for some students.

To make sure all students have the opportunity to showcase their talents, Southeast coach Dalton McGhiey is asking for donations on his go fund me page. You can learn more about the Southeast team on their campaign page as well.

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IC Falls in Upsurge Premier League Opener

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PRESS RELEASE | The Illinois College esports team lost to Skizm Esports, 2-0, on Tuesday night. To start off the competition for the school year, IC is playing in the Upsurge Premier League. Upsurge had over 65 teams apply to be in the premier league, with the top 24 teams being chosen.  Illinois College was one of those 24 teams.

The first matchup came against Skizm Esports, an amateur organization founded in 2016. Its roster is compiled of three players currently in masters in the League of Legends ladder (top 600 players in North America), as well as one player in Diamond 2 and one player in Diamond 3.

The first game ended in 33 minutes with a final kill score of 25-14 in favor of Skizm. Game 2 ended in 30 minutes with a final kill score of 15-7 in favor of Skizm.

Illinois College falls to 0-1 in the Upsurge Premier League. Play resumes against the University of Maryland on Oct. 2.

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