JACKSONVILLE, Fla.– There's more than one race for the Super Bowl taking place in Downtown Jacksonville this Sunday. Before the Jaguars kick off against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday at 4:25 p.m., four eSports competitors will go head-to-head at Daily's Place in the Madden 18 Jaguars Championship. The tournament will be hosted by Jaguars alumnusJosh Scobee**.
Fans with tickets to Sunday's Jaguars game are invited to watch the competition live at Daily's Place. Gates 1 and 4 open at 1:30 p.m. Those in attendance will be eligible for free giveaways including autographed memorabilia and Jaguars experiences.
The Madden NFL Club Championship is a landmark competitive gaming event within the Madden NFL Championship Series (MCS) involving all 32 NFL clubs, making it the largest competitive gaming commitment ever by a U.S. professional sports league. The players participating in Sunday's Madden NFL 18 Jaguars Championship qualified initially via an online competition. They include:
- Conor Dunn – Currently a student at Villanova University, he goes by the gamertag "Arozy." Originally from Jacksonville, he attended Jaguars games in middle and high school and is an avid fan.
- Sal Tylinksi – A current resident of Atlanta, Tylinksi's stage name is "EducatedLion993." He's been playing Madden for a decade, winning more than $40,000 in his competitive gaming career.
- Lionel Roberts – He goes by the gamertag "Kanan_Sparks" and currently calls New Orleans home.
- Joel Skarpness – Know on stage by his last name, Skarpness is also a Jacksonville resident.
The winner of Sunday's Jaguars Championship compete against the other 31 team representatives at the Championship Live Finals, a tournament occurring first at the Pro Bowl Experience in Orlando. The final eight will move on to play in Minneapolis at this year's Super Bowl with $35,000 and two tickets to Super Bowl LII on the line. The second place winner of the Jaguars Championship will receive $2,500. The other two competitors will receive $1,000.