Cybersport Center Cyberzone was opened at RTU MIREA
The opening ceremony was attended by Valery Nikolaevich Falkov, Minister of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation, and Igor Vasilievich Karpenko, Minister of Education of the Republic of Belarus, who visited RTU MIREA during a working visit to the Russian Federation.
The ministers launched an e-sports competition between the students from the Russian Federation and Belarus. First, Valery Nikolaevich Falkov made a welcoming speech: “We live in the 21st century, and it is good that such centers exist. Today these competitions will be held between the teams of Russia and Belarus, and I hope that friendship will win. And I also hope that friendship will always reign within these walls”.
Then the meeting was addressed by Igor Vasilievich Karpenko. He noted: “Today we have held several official meetings, discussed the preparation of a joint meeting of the collegiums of the Ministry of Education of Belarus, the State Committee for Science and Technology of Belarus, the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of Russia, which will be held in Minsk in the first decade of December. The opening of the Center is just a small event in the global problems that we have to solve. But it will take its rightful place in a series of events that bring our countries closer together and unite our nations”.
After that the distinguished guests accompanied by Stanislav Alekseevich Kudzh, Rector of RTU MIREA, examined the modern bootcamp created for recreation and holding competitions in various subjects and professional skills. Students will have access to 30 powerful computers, two PlayStation 4 Pros with a number of different games, air hockey, table football, arcade machines, VR rides, various simulations, and a lot more. Then the ministers left their signatures on the wall to signify the opening of the Cyberzone Cybersport Center. “This is the first time that I leave my signature on a university wall,” - Valery Nikolaevich joked.
Stanislav Alekseevich Kudzh, Rector of RTU MIREA, noted: “At the end of 2019, at the presentation of the Russian National Student of the Year award, RTU MIREA was recognized as the best e-sports university. Intra-university tournaments have reached a new level: in addition to broadcasts and commenting, the interviews with participants are now published, new game headings have appeared, and now we also have the analysis of the past games. Our club is developing content for the VK, Youtube, Instagram, Twitch and Discord. And we will not be satisfied with what has already been achieved. Bootcamp will allow the e-sports club to start developing in other directions.”
The teams had 16 matches. The competition ended in a draw with a score of 8 to 8. After the competition, the participants of the national teams of Russia and Belarus took memorable photos.
It is noteworthy that the RTU MIREA Cybersport Club was founded in 2012. First, it was a group of enthusiasts who started organizing small local tournaments. Over time, the work of the association began to gain momentum, e-sports equipment was purchased, the number of competitions supported by the University increased, and the goals and objectives rose to the inter-university level. Due to this activity, the number of people interested in the club’s work has increased. In 2019, there were 47 people involved in the activity of the organizing team.
In 2019, the RTU MIREA team organized a number of events:
• Festival of GameFest Video Games,
• Intra-university tournaments,
• Role quests,
• Meetings based on mutual interest.
In addition, the club prepares our e-sports teams for regional and all-Russian competitions. In 2018-2019, in the overall standings of the All-Russian E-sports Student League, the RTU MIREA team took the 3rd place, while the Warface team managed to take the 1st place, and the Dota 2 team was the 2nd.