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USD Esports Wins $15,000 in Twitter Competition

Cole Heidemann, Connor Singhisen, Travis Lee, Jackson Crist, Derek Bierschbach, Kim Grieve standing together, wearing masks, holding the giant $15,000 check USD Esports Club Member Cole Heidemann, USD Esports Club Director Connor Singhisen, Coyote Sports Properties General Manager Travis Lee, USD Esports Club Member Jackson Crist, Graduate Assistant Derek Bierschbach, Dean of Students Kim Grieve (from left to right)

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota Esports club won $15,000 in the LevelNext Twitter Competition sponsored by Learfield IMG.

Over the three-month competition, the club accrued points on Twitter for every organic tweet, like, retweet, quoted tweet and reply using #LevelNextChampions. USD beat 123 college and university teams from across the nation and won by over 10,000 points.

“We were in fifth place when the Coyote Crazies found our posts, and by the end of that day, we had taken the lead and held it for most of the remainder of the competition,” said Derek Bierschbach, president, founder and graduate assistant of the USD Esports club. “The support of their members on every single post powered us for a large portion of the contest. Other campus organizations and alumni also chipped in to help us win.”

The USD Esports club was presented with a check by Coyote Sports Properties, an entity of Learfield IMG, on Jan. 28.

“We plan on saving most of the winnings, but some of the things we will spend the money are new headsets for the Esports Arena, training applications and a new streaming PC to provide our viewers with a better experience,” Bierschbach said.

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Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
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