July 31, 2013
School – and StarCraft II – was in session this weekend at Red Bull Training Grounds Orlando at Full Sail University. Heading to the sunshine state from Norway, Germany, South Korea and across the USA, eight invited professional StarCraft II players assembled for three days of tournament play and focused training.
More than 800 spectators assembled at the high-tech on campus performance venue, Full Sail Live, for standing-room-only eSports action, autograph signings and the expert analysis of the event casters, Sean ‘Day’ Plott, Marcus ‘djWHEAT’ Graham, and Ben ‘MrBitter’ Nichol. Fans from around the globe tuned in to catch their hometown heroes battle, watching the livestream at Redbull.com/eSports.
Chosen via fan voting at Redbull.com/eSports, day one of play kicked off with Dario ‘TLO’ Wunsch versus Ryoo ‘SeleCT’ Kyung Hyun – beginning TLO’s trek to the finals. Newcomer Dennis “Succeed” Schmuck, kicked the only kink in TLO’s winning streak, winning 2-1, best of three.
Chris ‘HuK’ Loranger decisively made his way to a spot in the finals, emerging victorious in battles with Chris “Illusion” Lee and Ryan ‘State’ Visbeck. And as no surprise to the audience, the legendary player from South Korea Lim ‘NesTea’ Jae Duk iced the competition to skate into the day three grand finals as well.
As storm clouds gathered on day three, so did the fans, eager to see who would come out on top in the finals. As the countdown clock ran down to event start, the crowd came through with a rousing “happy birthday” for Jens “Snute” Aasgaard – who would be competing as the fourth challenger vying for the top prize.
Heading into the best of seven match that would name the winner of Red Bull Training Grounds Orlando, the number proved lucky for Snute, as he blew out the candles on his birthday competition and took the win, as the audience chanted “Snute – Snute – Snute – Snute!”
A “training grounds” of sorts for students as well, Full Sail scholars studying Film, Recording Arts and Show Production were shadowing and assisting behind-the-scenes of the live digital broadcast. Other students in the Game Design and Game Development degree programs had the opportunity to share their projects to these gaming pros, and gain feedback on their gaming works-in-progress.
With the winners crowned, at the end of the three-day weekend of exceptional eSports play – the only question remaining for fans and players alike is “When will the next Red Bull eSports event be?”
Stay tuned to Redbull.com/eSports for announcements of future events and other eSports news. Visit Red Bull eSports YouTube channel to check out the matches from the weekend, and follow @redbullESPORTS on Twitter.
About Full Sail University:
Full Sail University is an award-winning educational leader for those pursuing careers in the entertainment and media industry. Founded in 1979, Full Sail has been recognized as one of the Top Five Game Degree Programs by Electronic Gaming Monthly, one of the Best Music Programs by Rolling Stone Magazine, and one of the Best Film Programs by UNleashed Magazine. In 2011, Full Sail received the “21st Century Best Practices in Distance Learning Award” from the United States Distance Learning Association, was named the “School/College of the Year” by the Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges, and was recognized as one of the Top 100 Social Media Colleges by Studentadvisor.com.
Full Sail offers Master, Bachelor, and Associate campus and online degree programs in areas related to animation, art, business, education, graphic design, film, marketing, web development, music, recording arts, sports, and video games. Full Sail graduate credits include work on OSCAR®, Emmy®, GRAMMY®, ADDY®, MTV Video Music Award, and Spike Video Game Award nominated and winning projects.