Big Sky State Games Esports competition returning to University of Montana

UM Esports Team
Posted at 8:17 AM, Mar 16, 2023

MISSOULA - The University of Montana is putting out a call to middle school, high school and collegiate gamers from across the state to take part in the Big Sky State Games Esports competition.

The event is set to take place on April 1 and April 2, 2023.

Saturday’s competition will be online in a one-on-one format so students anywhere in Montana can compete.

Sunday’s events will be three-on-three and held on campus in the University Center Ballroom.

Hosted by UM and sponsored by TDS Fiber and Destination Missoula, the competition will feature Rocket League.

Sunday’s competition will be broadcast live.

UM’s Grizzly Esports team also will be on hand for the weekend’s event.

The growing team competes as an official UM sport and has boosted the University’s reputation as the best place for gaming in Montana, a news release states.

Grizzly Esports includes teams for League of Legends, Overwatch 2, Rocket League, Smash Ultimate and many others.

The team competes in the Gaming Den at UM’s University Center.

Michael Cassens, director of UM Esports and an associate professor in UM’s School of Visual and Media Arts, said he hopes the weekend’s competition will be a fun introduction for student participants to learn about game design and interactive media, one of UM’s newest technology majors.

“The gaming field is an incredibly fast-growing economic sector across the country,” Cassens said. “This is about having fun, sure, but it is also about introducing students to programming that can lead to high tech jobs after they graduate.”

For more information and to register for the event, visit