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SVSU to offer eSports club next semester

SVSU will begin offering eSports as a club sport in Fall 2020, according to an SVSU press release.

eSports are competitive gaming leagues. The idea to start the club came out of the growing number of universities offering eSports, as well as interest in gaming on campus.

SVSU’s current gaming club, Press Start, has hosted several gaming competitions with participants from all over the state, the press release stated.

Brian Thomas, associate vice president for Academic Affairs, said the eSports team will have their own space on campus with gaming computers. A location has yet been decided, but SVSU plans to equip the location with 13 gaming computers as well as video streaming and monitoring equipment.

SVSU will host a video game tournament May 2 in the Rhea Miller Recital Hall, the press release stated. High schoolers will be invited to play “Overwatch,” a first-person shooter game, and compete for $1,000 scholarships.

Other tournaments that night will include “Fortnite,” “League of Legends” and “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate,” which will be open to all community members.

Anyone interested in participating can email Thomas at bjthoma1@svsu.edu.

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