By Katelyn Miller
Esports describes the world of competitive, organized video gaming. Competitors from different leagues or teams face off in the same games that are popular with at-home gamers: Fortnite, League of Legends, Counter-Strike, Call of Duty, Overwatch and Madden NFL, to name a few. These gamers are watched and followed by millions of fans all over the world, who attend live events or tune in on TV or online. Streaming services like Twitch allow viewers to watch as their favorite gamers play in real time, and this is typically where popular gamers build up their fandoms.
Located on the first floor of the Mollohan Center in the former bookstore space, the Esports Center is close to being fully set up. Logan Harrison, the Esports coordinator, has been overlooking all the details to give Esports everything it needs. Contracting contractors, setting up the desktops and designing the best gaming experience for the students and the teams. He even has been bringing in students from all over West Virginia to play on Glenville State’s teams.
While some were skeptical as to the benefits of Esports to Glenville students, Harrison says , “Hand eye coordination, critical thinking, communication, and teamwork are just a few of the things Esports gamers will learn while in the program. I am always recruiting new members for the team. If you are interested in learning these basic life skills, stop by my office in the Student Life Office.”
As a member of the new team, I see this as an exciting time to be a Pioneer. with the new Esports team starting and E-gaming center almost completed. The E-gaming center is almost completed and the team and I are ready for competition to begin. Be sure to show your support by following us on our Twitter @GSC_esports.