The Mountain West was one of four major conferences to shelve its fall sports season as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Ten of the conference’s schools, though, have plans to play this fall in a different kind of competition — esports.
Nevada will be one of 11 schools, including one non-conference member, to participate in the “2020 Fall Madden Challenge,” presented by Learfield IMG College. The electronic sports event will begin with on-campus tournaments on Sept. 21.
Joining Nevada from the Mountain West are Air Force, Boise State, Colorado State, Fresno State, Hawaii, San Jose State, UNLV, Utah State and Wyoming. New Mexico State, an independent in football, will also be participating.
Any current Nevada student can register for the event using their school email address at NevadaWolfPack.com/Madden.
The Fall Challenge will feature Madden NFL 20 played on the Xbox One platform, with one winner advancing from each of the 11 individual tournaments. A 16-man championship tournament, including five wildcard qualifiers, is scheduled for Sept. 24 on the Twitch streaming service.
All tournaments will use a single-elimination format.
“We see tremendous value in esports, particularly during a time of social distancing when more students and cadets may be learning remotely,” Learfield IMG College executive Rick Barakat said in a news release.