LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 28, 2020) — State champions will be crowned in Rocket League and League of Legends Thursday, Jan. 30, when the PlayVS/ Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) Esports Winter State Championship takes place at the Gatton Student Center on the University of Kentucky campus.
The Rocket League finals are set for 4 p.m. and will feature Shelby County’s “Rockets Gold Squad” taking on Graves County’s “Leverage Esports” team. The League of Legends championship will follow at 5:30 p.m. with Elizabethtown’s “E-Town Panthers” squaring off against Lafayette’s “Generals (A).”
Admission is free to the esports state championship, which will be held in Ballrooms B and C at the Gatton Student Center. Those unable to attend Thursday’s championship can watch the event live online through the NFHS Network or Twitch.tv (www.twitch.tv/playvs).
This is the second year esports has been a KHSAA-sanctioned sport activity. Boyle County claimed the inaugural League of Legends state title during the 2019 winter season, with Lafayette capturing the League of Legends state championship in the 2019 spring season. Shelby County won the first Rocket League state championship when the game was first offered during the 2019 spring season.
PlayVS/KHSAA Esports State Championships Schedule – https://khsaa.org/2020-esports-winter-championship-time-schedule/ Gatton Student Center parking – https://khsaa.org/esports/gattoncenterparking.pdf Gatton Student Center Ballroom directions - https://khsaa.org/esports/gattoncenterballroomdirections.pdf
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