Rock winds RTW 2024

YORK COUNTY, S.C. April 4, 2024— Visit York County, Winthrop University, and Carowinds will host the second annual Rock the Winds esports tournament on April 13-14, 2024. The event will bring hundreds of athletes including 20 of the top 50 players in the country to Carowinds to compete for a prize pool of $10,000.

The competition will feature Super Smash Bros Ultimate and Rivals of Aether, along with two new games for the 2024 event: Street Fighter and HewDraw Remix.

The inaugural Rock the Winds was created by Visit York County, Winthrop University, and Carowinds in March 2023. The event brought more than 250 esports athletes from around the country to York County.

“The growth of esports and Rock the Winds presents an incredible opportunity to showcase York County’s niche sports scene and generate local economic impact through the multi-billion-dollar business of esports,” said Andy Clinton, President and CEO of Visit York County.

Rock the Winds aims to highlight Winthrop’s nationally ranked esports program which has been a powerhouse since its inception in 2019 with two national titles, one regional title, and multiple tournament appearances. In November 2023, Winthrop University opened the Winthrop Esports Center in the growing Knowledge Park hub adjacent to downtown Rock Hill.

"We are excited to continue in our commitment to growing esports here in our community and are looking forward to the return of Rock the Winds for a second year,” said Josh Sides, Head Esports Coach at Winthrop University. “The first year of the tournament was an incredibly well-run and well-received event, and we expect nothing less than giving tournament-goers that experience again this year and for years to come. Where else can you have the experience of competing with some of the top players in the world and then hopping on a roller coaster right after?”

Event spectators should purchase a ticket or season pass directly from Carowinds. This event will be streamed on Twitch TV at

“Carowinds is proud to partner again this year with Winthrop University and Visit York County to host Rock the Winds,” said Marc Gran, Sales Director for Carowinds. “This combination of thrills on the screens along with thrills on the rides, makes it a perfect opportunity for the players to have fun and compete.”

Comporium, Mainstage Gaming Network, and Fiber Gaming Network are proud sponsors of Rock the Winds.

For questions or additional ticket-related information, contact Winthrop Esports by way of CJ Wiley at 803-205-5022 or

Learn more about Rock the Winds here.


About Visit York County:

As the Destination Marketing Organization (DMO) for York County, South Carolina, Visit York County exists to raise the profile and boost the economy of York County through tourism and destination marketing while also contributing to the quality of life for residents. For additional information, visit

About Winthrop University:

As a public, comprehensive institution located in the heart of the Carolinas, Winthrop provides an education that blends liberal arts, professional programs, global awareness and civic engagement with an emphasis on lifelong professional and personal development. The goal is for students to learn to be critical thinkers, informed citizens, and collaborative problem-solvers. Winthrop grants 44 undergraduate degrees and 23 graduate programs and certificates across four colleges: the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business Administration, the Richard W. Riley College of Education, Sport and Human Sciences, and the College of Visual and Performing Arts.