UST Minecraft wins in AcadArena Awards

Published February 17, 2021, 10:07 AM

by Gabriela Baron

The University of Santo Tomas (UST) Minecraft won the “Project of the Year” award in the first-ever AcadArena Awards.

(Photo from UST Minecraft)

The project was cited for “putting the spotlight on gaming as an avenue for creativity and expression.”

The Project of the Year award goes to UST Minecraft of Teletigers Esports Club from University of Santo Tomas! Putting…

Posted by AcadArena on Sunday, February 14, 2021

The Thomasian community is beyond proud of the UST Minecraft Team for achieving this amazing feat.Congratulations to the team for winning the Project of the Year in the AcadArena Awards 2020!#TGRWIN 🐯

Posted by University of Santo Tomas Central Student Council on Sunday, February 14, 2021

UST Minecraft recreated the 21.5-hectare campus in the sandbox video game in 2020 to conduct its Welcome Walk to tour for 12,000 freshmen as face-to-face classes were prohibited due to coronavirus disease  (COVID-19) pandemic. 

The virtual campus was built by a team of over 80 students.
Ateneo de Manila University and Technological University of the Philippines were runners-up for the award.

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Minecraft is a sandbox video game which lets players explore a blocky, procedurally-generated 3D world with infinite terrain, and may discover and extract raw materials, craft tools, and items, and build structures. 

The video game is playable on multiple platforms, including tablet, game consoles, laptop, or personal computer.

AcadArena is a national campus esports program in the Philippines focusing on three pillars: competition, education, and experience.