WAYNE – As the fall semester comes to an end at Wayne State College a new video gaming group, esports, recapped what they’ve been up to these past few months.
Roughly 40 students made up the inaugural Wayne State College esports club as WSC offers PC gaming only.
Nick Sutton is the WSC esports coach and said it was a successful season.
“So, I’m really impressed with our players that we had this season,” said Sutton. “But looking forward to tryouts next season and seeing whatever talent comes in also and getting our best shot to get a title next season.”
The WSC esports teams play in “The Den”, which is a $100,000 esports arena with state-of-the-art equipment reserved for esports athletes only. Each student was required to wear a mask when they played as the group was able to spread out, wash each station after each use and had hand sanitizer available.
WSC is a member of the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) which involves 57 schools with more than 250 teams playing eight games, with no limit to teams in each gaming title. These games include FIFA, Fortnite, Hearthstone, League of Legends, Madden, Overwatch, Rocket League and Super Smash Bros Ultimate.
Campus Recreation Coordinator, John Schwarte added they’ll continue to promote WSC esports to students.
“So, we know we have a lot of additional students that want to try to compete,” Schwarte added. “So, early next semester we’ll hit the ground running with tryouts and hopefully we’ll get a few more people added to our roster so we can continue to grow this program.”
Competition culminates with a chance at winning the conference title in which two WSC eSport teams placed runner-up this past month. Both the WSC Esports Rocket League and Super Smash Bros Ultimate teams placed runner-up during their ECAC championship matches, according to Sutton.
“During the season we had nine out of 11 of our teams make it to the playoffs,” Sutton mentioned. “Two being in the top eight, one being in the top 16, another being in the top 32 and two also making it to the grand championship.”
Wayne State College is also offering two intramural esporting events during the winter break. They include Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 4v4 Moshpit League for six weeks and a 2v2 Rocket League Tournament. The Call of Duty event will last from November 29 – January 3 with the registration deadline being November 27. Registration for the Rocket League Tourney is noon on December 7 with the competition being held that evening at 6 p.m.
Students can sign up on IM leagues.
Schwarte said all the intramurals were held this past fall.
“We had really good turnouts notably in sand volleyball; we had 36 teams sign up,” said Schwarte. “They all had to wear masks and do some screening, but students were just happy to compete. They just wanted to play and get together with their friends. I think it was fairly successful for kind of our circumstance.”
If you would like more information about the program or for students to become a Wildcat Esports athlete, complete the form found at wsc.edu/esports. Email Sutton at email@example.com with further questions.