IGNITE UPDATE: In celebration of the grand opening of the Tech Time Game Lounge in Woodbridge, VA, the Game Gym and Stevenson University have decided to move IGNITE and partner with Tech Time! For more information on Tech Time and renderings of their beautiful facility, check out https://techtimegaming.com/

The Game Gym, Stevenson University Esports, and our sponsors are proud to announce IGNITE, a live, amateurs only esports competition featuring League of Legends and Overwatch. The goal of IGNITE is to produce more, live, local competition experiences for young gamers and to promote healthy gaming habits in our communities. There will be a Winter and a Spring 2019 IGNITE, so this isn’t a one-off! Over time, is our goal for IGNITE to become the premier showcase of amateur talent in the DMV area and be a launching pad for those interested in pursuing esports at the next level.

How it Works: Competitors can sign up as a team, a group, or an individual. Our goal is to put together as many teams as possible before the start of the tournament so teams can practice together, so registering early is important. Each team will be assigned a Game Gym or Stevenson University staff member that will act as the team’s coach. During the month before the competition, teams will work with their coaches to develop strategies and discuss competition preparation. On competition day, teams will arrive, coaches will lead warm up, and we will light this fire.

For those not competing in the main event, we will have a free play area sponsored by Esports Fair Play and presenters on careers in the gaming industry, healthy gaming habits, and information on collegiate esports including information about Stevenson University.

All teams must consist of members who are 18 or under, are not in college, and are of amateur status.


Our League of Legends and Overwatch teams went out to the Tech Time Gaming Lounge and competed in our first IGNITE! The goal of the event was to go somewhere unfamiliar, play on unfamiliar gear, and despite all that, find a way to get comfortable being uncomfortable. I was incredibly impressed with our team and their ability to adapt to the challenges presented to them and still compete at a high level. We had a blast and most importantly, we did it as a team. Huge props to our staff for training our members, preparing them for the competition, and their efforts on gameday.
All competitors were forces to be reckoned with but at the end, the Matts ruled the day. Congratulations to Matthew “Shoobie-Doo” Shubin for winning our Overwatch competition and Matthew “Don’t Look Directly At The” Sun for winning our League of Legends tournament!!!

The coaching staff and I are incredibly proud of all of our competitors. It isn’t about winning and losing, its about making the effort and our members give one helluva effort. Let’s look forward to Spring IGNITE!

– ExtraBarbecue

Thank you to our sponsors!