(SACRAMENTO) - Today, the California State Fair announced the schedule for its first-ever Bear Cup Esports Tournament at the California State Fair from July 12 to July 28, 2019. The Esports Center will feature several professional esports teams including Sacramento Kings associated esports team Kings Guard Gaming, Bay Area-based team San Francisco Shock, and NRG Esports, which boasts sports legends Shaquille O’Neal and Alex Rodriguez as investors.
“The inclusion of these well-known professional teams sets the tone for how competitive State Fair's Esports Tournament will be,” said Rick Pickering, Cal Expo General Manager and CEO. “At the same time, however, our tournament and Esports daily exhibit offers multiple games and divisions for those who are simply looking for friendly competition and a good time.”
Each weekend and daily throughout the duration of the Fair, the Bear Cup Tournament will feature guests from the esports industry and welcome the community to play. Fair attendees who have purchased a general admission ticket can participate in tournaments, partake in free play, watch professionals, learn about gaming careers, meet streamers, and review high-tech professional gaming equipment.
On July 20, Nairo and GarrettG from NRG Esports will attend the Fair for a meet-and-greet, AMA (ask me anything) and gaming showcase. On July 21, a SF Shock player from the Bay Area’s Stage 2 championship team will attend for the day. Tournament winners will get a chance to play with the pros, and Fair attendees will be able to ask them questions and participate with them in friendly gaming battles.
The tournament will also include an opportunity for attendees to learn about collegiate esports during the Collegiate Overwatch tournament on Saturday, July 27. The collegiate program will feature several Northern California collegiate teams: Sacramento State, University of California, Davis, University of California, Berkley, and Rocklin High School.
"Esports is rapidly expanding and we’re happy to showcase the state's diverse gaming community at the CA State Fair,” added Pickering.
Click here to sign up for the tournaments and get the schedule for the California State Fair Bear Cup tournament on the Republic of Gamers Stage.
About the California State Fair
The California State Fair is an international award-winning fair, receiving top honors at the International Association of Fairs and Expositions out of more than 1,100 fairs world-wide. The California State Fair is dedicated as a place to celebrate the best the state has to offer in agriculture, technology and the diversity of its people, traditions and trends that shape the Golden State's future. We invite you to join us for the 166th California State Fair,
July 12 - 28, 2019.