Fenworks 2023 - 2024 SD esports state tournament
March 22-23

The time has finally come. Get ready for the top of Fenworks competition with all the schools in your state! Browse this page for all the information you need regarding your state tournament.

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Introduction

Welcome to the 2024 Fenworks Esports State Tournament! First and foremost, we are so grateful to each of you. Without the students, the General Managers, school administrators, schools, parents, and the communities, Fenworks wouldn’t be who we are and do what we love. We are excited to celebrate the hard work and dedication of the teams competing in the state tournament. We hope you have an enjoyable and memorable experience. Check back often for updates!

This event is free to all participants and fans.  

Traveling

Teams will travel across South Dakota to attend the tournament. Be sure to take a moment to see how long your trip is expected to take to Brookings, South Dakota, so you can arrive with plenty of time to get registered and settled in. Schools should plan to arrive in Brookings between 9:00 am and 11:00 am on Friday, March 22. Doors for the general public will open at noon. Opening ceremonies begin at 1:00 pm. We encourage all schools and teams to attend.

Meet Your Host

The 2023 - 2024 Esports Tournament is hosted by South Dakota State University! We invite you to discover the academic excellence, innovation, and community spirit that define the university.

About South Dakota State University
South Dakota State University, located in Brookings, South Dakota is a premier land-grant university recognized for high value, innovation and bold impact. We offer a rich academic experience in an environment of inclusion and access through inspired, student-centered education, creative activities and researching, innovation and engagement that improve the quality of life in South Dakota, the region, nation, and the world.
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sponsors

Sponsoring community programs is a commitment to shaping the future of innovators and leaders. We're grateful to our amazing sponsors for being a crucial part of this season and tournament! 

Location

The State Tournament will be held at Club 71  located inside of South Dakota State University's Dana J Dykhouse Stadium. The registration table will be set up right outside Club 71.  

Dana J Dykhouse Stadium | Club 71
1396 Stadium Rd
Brookings, SD 57006
605-688-6287

parking and buses

There will be free parking for all vehicle types.

Buses should drop students off on the west side of Dana J Dykhouse Stadium. Buses are asked to park in the lot denoted by the blue box.

Dennis Abernathy

Principal of Warroad High School
"The amount of money to provide esports through Fenworks is miniscule compared to some of the programs schools already run... Why wouldn’t we want to provide that to another group, especially for the low cost?"

Kain Schow

GM for Norman County East
"Fenworks gave an opportunity to those kids who don’t always want to be in football, basketball, baseball—the sports that most high schools have. It’s something different for them."
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Cassie Gerhardt

UND Associate VP
I know many of the people that work with Fenworks, and I have faith in the individuals who lead Fenworks. I know the type of people they are and how ethical they are. They are running a program that’s not just about video games. That’s the vehicle through which they’re trying to provide an opportunity for students to learn teamwork, collaboration skills, and responsibility.
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Bradley Parrish

I really noticed it was a way for my kids to show their school spirit and school pride in a way that was along with or instead of traditional sports.
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Dr. Jill Louters

Research suggests that in the next five years, 60% of jobs in the world will require tech skills. So where do you get those skills? Some of that comes through esports, which entails not just the analysis, the cognitive thinking, and technical skill, but also the networking and teamwork that occurs online. These are essential skills!
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Tiffany Schroeer

Empowering Kids Executive Director
We don't have to understand how esports works and how video games work to know that this is important to them and they're practicing leadership and communication.
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Christi Stoll

Christi Stoll
It's not just about playing video games; it's about learning new things, learning about technology, and all of the other things that go along with technology.

hotels

We advise prompt hotel booking once a team's attendance at the state tournament is confirmed.
A list of hotels can be found here.  

dining

Discover the vast array of dining options on campus and throughout Brookings. Fenworks and SDSU may not be providing meals throughout the tournament. Still, we invite you to delve into the diverse and exciting dining options available for students, GMs, vendors, and fans throughout the event.

 Rest assured, SDSU dining facilities are prepared to cater to most dietary restrictions. Inform a dining staff member of your needs. All SDSU dining options and convenience stores operate cashless, accepting Debit and Credit cards.

Dining locations can get busy on weekdays (11:00 am–2:00 pm). To optimize your dining experience, consider enjoying your meals outside these peak hours. If you dine during this period, be prepared for a potential wait time, which may extend beyond 30 minutes. Please note that a few dining options may be closed on the weekend.

Club 71 Concession

Full menu will be released soon. 

On-Campus Options

The University Student Union has many different dining options.  There are 19 dining options available to them on the SDSU campus.

Options include All You Care to Eat, Einstein Bros. Bagels, Erbert & Gerbert’s, Mein Bowl & Hissho Sushi, Qdoba, These & Those Noodles, Slices (pizza), Starbucks, The Dairy Bar, Chick-fil-A’, Created with Love and Simple Servings (caters to those with allergies).

Jack’s Dining – Campus Dining Near Me 

Off-Campus Options

If you choose to eat off campus, please make sure you arrive back in time before your next event. Otherwise, your team will potentially receive a forfeit. Restaurant suggestions in Brookings can be found here

STREAMING AND SPECTATING

Can’t make it to the event? Check out our live stream. We will be steaming all the Main Stage games. Check out the event schedule and brackets by clicking the buttons below. Click the links to our socials, where we will be streaming.  

Twitch | YouTube | Facebook 

All matches will be played in Club 71 of the Dana J Dykhouse Stadium. 

League of Legends and Rocket League: These games will be played in the Player Pods or on Main Stage. All Player Pod matches will have physical seating around the pods for participants to watch. There will be no live-streams of these game. All Main Stage games will be played with ample physical viewing as well as be live-streamed.  

Chess and Smash: Chess and Smash will allow for in-person viewing only. None of the matches will be live-streamed. 

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 This competition is not affiliated with or sponsored by Riot Games, Inc., League of Legends Esports.

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