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Adam Rosen (co-founder)
TeSPA (previously known as The eSports Association, and before that, Texas e-Sports Association) is a North American collegiate eSports organization headquartered in the offices of Blizzard Entertainment in Irvine, California. Originally founded in 2010 as a collegiate gaming club at the University of Texas, Austin, TeSPA expanded nationally in 2013 as an event support network for college gaming organizations. In 2014, the company announced an official partnership with Blizzard Entertainment, hosting online leagues for Hearthstone, League of Legends, StarCraft II, and Heroes of the Storm.
StarCraft II Events Organised
Play with the Pros Charity Marathon
In August 2011, Texas e-Sports Association hosted the 'Play with the Pros' charity streaming marathon. The event was unique in that it provided the TL.net community an opportunity to chose the charity to which the proceeds were donated (ultimately Doctors without Borders). Throughout the 24-hour event, viewers were given the opportunity to play with well-known players in a myriad of games from monobattles to 'Beat the Pro' 2v1s to micro tournaments. Major contributing teams include compLexity, Quantic, Reign, and Vile.
TeSPA is most well known for are the StarCraft II tournaments it hosted. In hosting these tournaments, TeSPA has gained nationwide attention.
Lone Star Clash 2
In November 2012, TeSPA hosted another Lone Star Clash featuring StarCraft II and League of Legends. The StarCraft II portion of Lone Star Clash 2 featured the same 16-player pro invitation format as before. The event was cast by Day9, TotalBiscuit, and Axeltoss and emceed by Anna Prosser.
Lone Star Clash
In March 2012, TeSPA hosted its first global event. This tournament featured a 16-person pro player invitational and a 14-university collegiate team league. Lone Star Clash featured a week of content before the event and non-StarCraft show-matches during event downtime. The event was cast by MrBitter, RotterdaM, and Axeltoss and emceed by Rachel Quirico.
Texas StarCraft Showdown
In April 2011, TeSPA hosted its second tournament. This tournament featured a 128-person single-elimination bracket with online qualifiers from which 64 advanced to the live tournament. Improvements from the first iteration include an increased prize pool of $1500 and separate playing and spectating rooms. Upon entry, spectators received a booklet of 'Real-Life Achievements' to complete for raffled gaming gear from TteSports and games from NVIDIA. Players from 13 Texas universities attended, and the event was casted by iNcontroL. The top three finishers at the event were 1) State 2) iNkA 3) HeavOnEarth.
TeSPA Texas Open
In Spring 2011, TeSPA hosted a second tournament that featured a separate spectating room along with the player room. The tournament was another 64-person single-elimination bracket with double last tournament's prize pool at $1,500. The top three finishers at the event were 1) Hawk, 2) TriMaster, 3) Binski.
Texas Tournament #1
In November 2010, TeSPA hosted its first large-scale event. The 64-person tournament, hosted on the University of Texas at Austin campus, had a 64-person single-elimination bracket with a $700 prize pool. The event was hosted in a combined spectating/playing room. The top three finishers at the event were 1) StrifeCro, 2) ZpuX, 3) TriMaster.
Texas e-Sports Associations 2010-2011 organization T-shirt has been widely recognized in the StarCraft II community. Popularized by the Protoss player HuK, the shirt features the 'TeSPA Probie' harvesting minerals on the front and the organization name on the back. These shirts are currently out of print but may make a reappearance in the future.
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- Austin American-Statesman: Competitive gamers go for the glory, not the dollars
- The Daily Texan: Gaming club to host epic StarCraft tournament
- The Daily Texan: Gamers to host video game tournament
- Gosu Gamers: HawK wins Texas Open, ZpuX 4th
- Vile Gaming: TeSPA: Trouble in Texas
- ESFI: TeSPA rebrands, now seeks to foster local e-sports communities nationwide
- An E-Sporting Chance: Eventboom
- The Daily Texan: Texas e-Sports Association hosts second Lone Star Clash tournament
- Lone Star Clash Recap
- Putting Texas eSports on the Map
- ESFI: Top three storylines going into Lone Star Clash 2 SC2
- The Daily Dot: Competitive gaming is preparing to invade college campuses nationwide
- Red Bull ESPORTS: College eSports Org Goes Nationwide