Mountain West to become first FBS conference to host its own "League of Legends" League

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (MW Release) – The Mountain West will become the first FBS conference to host its own league within the College “League of Legends” season when 10 teams open the inaugural MW Esports Series this Saturday.

“The Mountain West has always been on the cutting edge, and we are excited to be the first FBS conference to host our own league within the College ‘League of Legends’ season,” said MW senior associate commissioner Carolayne Henry. “We look forward to the season culminating with our main event in Las Vegas and building upon the event we held last year.”

The league, which features five weeks of regular-season play and is organized by Riot Games, will be divided into a Mountain and West Division. Air Force, Boise State, Colorado State, New Mexico and Wyoming will compete in the Mountain Division, while Nevada, San Diego State, San José State, UNLV and Utah State will be in the West Division.

Regular-season action begins on Feb. 2 and concludes on March 2. Matches are tentatively scheduled for 4 p.m. MT/3 p.m. PT on each Saturday but can be rescheduled to another date during the week if both teams agree to a date change. The Mountain West Esports Series will culminate in Las Vegas on March 15-16 and is being held in conjunction with the 2019 Air Force Reserve Mountain West Basketball Championships. The event in Las Vegas will be produced in partnership with ESP Gaming, the premiere competitive gaming content and production company behind the World Showdown of Esports tournament series.

“I had the opportunity to attend the Mountain West Esports Showdown last year and was blown away by how much they were able to pull off,” said Riot Game’s College Esports Lead Michael Sherman. “We’re thrilled to see them take another leap forward and join the College ‘League of Legends’ season.”

Fans can watch all of the action on the Mountain West’s Twitch page at Twitch.tv/MountainWestConf or follow the Conference’s newest Twitter account @MWEsportsSeries.

Mountain West Esports Series Schedule

Round 1

New Mexico vs. Air Force

Colorado State vs. Wyoming

Nevada vs. UNLV

San José State vs. Utah State

Round 2

Air Force vs. Wyoming

Boise State vs. Colorado State

UNLV vs. Utah State

San Diego State vs. San José State

Round 3

New Mexico vs. Wyoming

Air Force vs. Boise State

Nevada vs. Utah State

UNLV vs. San Diego State

Round 4

New Mexico vs. Colorado State

Wyoming vs. Boise State

Nevada vs. San José State

Utah State vs. San Diego State

Round 5

New Mexico vs. Boise State

Colorado State vs. Air Force

Nevada vs. San Diego State

San José State vs. UNLV

Championship (Las Vegas, Nevada)

March 15 – 16

About Mountain West

From its inception in 1999, the Mountain West has been committed to excellence in intercollegiate athletics, while promoting the academic missions of its member institutions. Progressive in its approach, the Mountain West continues to cultivate opportunities for student-athletes to compete at the highest level, while fostering academic achievement and sportsmanship. In its 20th season, the MW has been assertive in its involvement with the NCAA governance structure and has taken a leadership role in the overall administration of intercollegiate athletics. The Mountain West membership is comprised of 11 all-sport members: the United States Air Force Academy, Boise State University, Colorado State University, Fresno State, University of Nevada, University of New Mexico, San Diego State University, San José State University, UNLV, Utah State University and University of Wyoming. In addition, the University of Hawai‘i and Colorado College participate in the Mountain West as single-sport members in football and women's soccer, respectively.

About Riot Games

Riot Games was founded in 2006 by Brandon Beck and Marc Merrill with the intent to change the way video games are made and supported for players. In 2009, Riot released its debut title League of Legends to worldwide acclaim. The game has since gone on to become the most played PC game in the world and a key driver of the explosive growth of esports. Players are the foundation of our community and it’s for them we continue to evolve and improve the League of Legends experience. Riot Games is headquartered in Los Angeles, CA and has 23 offices worldwide.

About ESP Gaming

ESP Gaming is the premier competitive gaming content-creation company in the world, comprised of live sports and entertainment leaders, who between them boast over 15 Emmy Awards from decades of production experience. As an industry-leading source of premium experiences for game developers, esports teams and gaming communities, ESP Gaming offers best-in-class broadcast and digital production, distribution, end-to-end league, and tournament operations, player management, marketing, sponsorship, ad sales and more. ESP Gaming also offers ESP Labs as an esports marketing and investment arm that facilitates growth for games, platforms, and products. For more information, visit ESPGaming.com. Follow ESP Gaming on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for the latest news and updates.