JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO, FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas – The Esports Soldier Showdown powered by USAA is kicking off its fourth gaming tournament on May 28, as an opportunity for Army service members to win gaming gear and gift cards from the Exchange by playing Halo Infinite, EA Sports Madden NFL 22, Call of Duty Warzone, Rocket League and Apex Legends.
The Soldier Showdown is an online gaming tournament hosted by Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation’s Army Entertainment Esports and the Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers programs. The tournament is produced in part by Complexity Gaming based in Frisco, Texas.
The multi-title competition will feature 1 vs.1, 2 vs. 2 and 3 vs.3 player formats. Gaming fans can watch live on Army Entertainment’s Twitch channel. All active-duty Soldiers, Army National Guard, reserve-component Soldiers and active-duty service members stationed on Army joint bases may sign up at www.armymwr.com/esports.
The tournament schedule will be:
· Halo Infinite: May 28, June 4, 11, 18 (live stream)
· EA Sports Madden NFL 22: July 9, 16, 23, 30 (live stream)
· Call of Duty Warzone: Aug. 6, 13, 20, 27 (live stream)
· Rocket League: Sept. 10, 17, 24, Oct. 1 (live stream)
· APEX Legends: Oct. 8, 15, 22, 29 (live stream)
The Soldier Showdown supports #ThisIsMySquad and #WinningMatters, initiatives from Sergeant Major of the Army Michael Grinston.
“Being a gamer has allowed me a unique way to build a bond with my squad members when I was on the line,” said Staff Sgt. Cody Mackall, Department of the Army BOSS representative. “I still play with some of them today.”
BOSS programs at garrisons across the world are encouraging Soldiers to participate in the tournament because it gives service members the opportunity to create new friends, enhance their cognitive skills, and to help build their professional development within the Army.
“Esports can be a force multiplier when it comes to enhancing the morale of squads across the Army,” said Tim Hockenberry, BOSS program manager. “It provides a unique way for our single Soldiers to become better acquainted with fellow service members and even more so with the advancements in modern-day technology.”
For more information and to sign up, visit www.armymwr.com/esports.
No federal endorsement implied.