Harrisburg University Storm partners with MSI for collegiate esports

Harrisburg University has announced a partnership with Micro Star International (MSI) for its championship-winning collegiate esports team. The Taiwanese technology manufacturer will provide Harrisburg University Storm with the latest gaming products, as HU Storm competes in titles like Overwatch, League of Legends, and Hearthstone.

Harrisburg University Storm and MSI

“MSI is committed to supporting aspiring and pro esports athletes around the world by creating innovative hardware and technology that push performance beyond limits,” said Sam Chern, vice president of corporate marketing at MSI, in a release. “HU Storm sets the standard and is the undisputed leader in collegiate esports, and we are excited to arm them with gamer-driven MSI gear to pave their way to continued victory.”

As part of the partnership, Harrisburg University Storm players will have access to the Optix MAG251RX monitor, Trident X-470s desktop, and the GS65 Stealth laptop. The school is well known for its accomplishments in the collegiate scene, which include winning the 2019 ESPN Collegiate Esports Overwatch National Championship. In addition, the team boasts former Philadelphia Fusion player Joe “JoeMeister” Gramano and former Golden Guardians support player Alex Xpecial Chu as coaches for their Overwatch and League of Legends lineups.

Focus on collegiate esports

“Our HU Storm student athletes bring intensity, ferocity, and power to each and every play. Similarly, as the most trusted name in gaming and esports gear, MSI brings passion and tenacity to the creation of gamer-driven innovations,” added Chad Smeltz, esports program director at Harrisburg University. “We’ve experienced unprecedented success since the team’s inception, and we are confident that MSI’s technology can take us to new heights.”

The university recently doubled down on its commitment to the collegiate esports scene, with the introduction of an esports bachelor of science degree program. Through combining business, sports marketing, and esports elements, students will learn the skills needed to create content, analyze competitive esports, and oversee events and teams.

Ethan Chen
Staff Writer