This weekend historic Route 66 took a sharp turn into the 21st century with Central Illinois’ first sanctioned, live and in-person, League of Legends esports tournament. Held at the spacious Grossinger Motors Arena located adjacent to the famed “Mother Road”  in Bloomington, Illinois, the 2019 SixtySix Games Presented by State Farm was a double-elimination, best-of-three event offering college/open, high school-only and one-on-one gameplay.

The inaugural SixtySix Esports Tournament gave many participating 5v5 teams their first taste of playing with a large field: 16 college/open teams and eight high school teams from across the Midwest. For college teams, this was much-needed practice before the start of their seasons.

Although blizzard conditions in the area kept the number of spectators down, attendees who made it to the Grossinger Motors Arena enjoyed two days of unforgettable moments of gameplay. The level of talent and skill across both the college and high school brackets was high and made for some very competitive games. Knowledgeable esports casters did their homework and ramped up the excitement with insightful commentary and play-by-play.

The college/open division champions , RMU Eagles of Chicago’s Robert Morris University won $1,000 cash, 3,000 Riot Points (RP), championship skins and a mystery icon. Hmong Fortnite Community from Milwaukee claimed second place, taking home $650 cash, 2,250 RP and a mystery icon. Third-place winner Just 4 Fun from Chicago received a $350 cash prize, 1,500 RP and a mystery icon. In fourth place, Illinois Wesleyan Titans, won 1,000 RP and a mystery icon, and Missouri State University Bear Maroons and Illinois College tied for fifth place and won a mystery icon.

In the high school bracket, eight talented teams competed for trophy prizes. Carl Sandburg High School took first place,  Barrington High School Broncos placed second and SHS Esports of Shelbyville High School finished third.

Check Battlefy for complete tournament stats.