Longtime rivals Ohio State and Michigan State will compete on the esports field in a League of Legends tournament sanctioned by their conference at PAX East this coming week.
The cable channel for the fourteen universities comprising the Big Ten, BTN, announced on Thursday that the Buckeyes and Spartans will face off at PAX East in Boston in the Big Ten Invitational.
The event will be played in front of a live audience at PAX East and broadcast live on Big Ten Network, a local cable television channel available mainly in the midwestern United States.
Formally titled The BTN Invitational: A University League of Legends Event, the match will take place on Friday, April 22 at 4 pm ET in League of Legends’ booth on the PAX East show floor.
Esports has seen quite a surge in viewership and interest with college competitions of late. Last week saw the grand final for the second Heroes of the Dorm tournament for Blizzard’s Heroes of the Storm, broadcast live on ESPN2.