By Shannon Revelle
Commander, Navy Installations Command Commercial Sponsorship Program
Good news, gaming fans. Soon, you will be able to cheer on Sailors and friends from around the world as they compete in the inaugural worldwide Navy ESPORTS live tournament series set to begin May 15.
The competition, according to Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC), is part of its continued efforts to support the resilience, readiness and morale of Sailors and families during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Navy Morale, Welfare and Recreation’s (MWR) ESPORTS tournaments are designed to provide entertainment and recreation opportunities to Sailors around the world through competitive sports using video games.
"Navy MWR provides a comfortable environment for various programs and recreational activities,” said Brooke Haley, CNIC’s community recreation program manager, who helped develop the Navy MWR ESPORTS initiative. “We currently provide gaming opportunities at our Liberty Recreation centers, but we've never had a worldwide esports tournament for Sailors. It felt like we were missing an area for connection to the Sailors. This esports effort fills that gap; it connects gamers and Sailors to each other.”
Over the course of six weeks starting May 15, the Navy MWR ESPORTS program will host 12 online tournaments broadcast live on the newly established Navy MWR Twitch social media channel at www.twitch.tv/NavyMWR. The broadcast will include audio commentary from players and commentators. Video coverage of the players will appear on the edge of the screen via their webcam.
The games titles will rotate between Madden NFL 20 and Street Fighter V, and will be PlayStation 4 console-based games.
"This is just the beginning,” said Refugio Orozco, branch head of CNIC’s Fleet and Family Readiness marketing and communications. “The Navy is building a great way forward in esports for the Armed Forces. This is the first of many unique esports initiatives. There are so many gaming titles Sailors are interested in playing and viewing that we can go in so many directions. This is relevant to Sailors so we are going to continue exploring opportunities in the future.”
This multidimensional initiative will also increase programming opportunities at MWR Liberty Centers through technological improvements and provide top quality esports competitions to the Navy community.
Sign Up Today
Competition is open to authorized MWR patrons. Visit the Navy MWR ESPORTS page at www.navymwr.org/esports/sign-up for more details. Registration is open two weeks prior to the competition date and will close two days before the competition.
Want to be part of the action but not necessarily compete? Catch the weekly events featuring Sailors from around the world and see which Sailor will take home the title. Watch the live stream at (www.twitch.tv/NavyMWR).