2020 Maui Esports Invitational Announced – The Esports Observer

A collegiate esports tournament called the Maui Esports Invitational set for November will feature Psyonix’s Rocket League and be sponsored by goPuff. The esports event will be held ahead of the 2020 Maui Invitational, the early-season collegiate basketball tournament. The online competition will feature 20 collegiate esports teams from the U.S. competing throughout the month of November.

goPuff will serve as the title sponsor, with HyperX, We Are Nations, Papa John’s, and ASUS also on board. Production for the events will be handled through a partnership with independent production company Estars Studios.

The quarterfinals of the competition will be broadcast on ESPNU and the official Rocket League Twitch channel at 8 p.m. ET on Nov. 19, with the semifinals taking place at 4 p.m. ET on Nov. 20. The finals will be telecast on ESPN2 at 5 p.m. ET on Nov. 22.  

Participating teams include the University of Alabama, Davidson College, University of Texas – Austin, Indiana University, University of Nevada – Las Vegas, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill and Stanford University, along with eleven esports programs from around the country.  Two additional teams will be added through East and West regional qualifying competitions, starting the week of Nov. 9. The top two teams from each region will join the other 18 teams on the group stage. 

The 2020 Maui Invitational,  which was held at the Lahaina Civic Center in 2019, has been relocated to Asheville, North Carolina, this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year it will be held at the Harrah’s Cherokee Center- Asheville from Nov. 30 – Dec. 2. 

Unlike collegiate basketball in the United States, collegiate esports does not have one governing body such as the NCAA overseeing its activities; instead, there are a number of tournament organizers and federations vying for dominance in the space.

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story erroneously stated that the Maui Invitational was “typically held” at “Chaminade University” (which is in Honolulu, not Maui). We apologize for the error. 

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