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eSports league coming to SVSU

SVSU will be introducing an eSports club starting in the fall semester.

The project was introduced by Brian Thomas, the associate vice president of Academic Affairs.

eSports are competitions through video game matches and leagues.

They are used to showcase individuals who are skilled with mechanics in the games.

With the growing popularity in eSports, the demand for recruits to join the SVSU club team is very high, said James Stahl, one of the club’s advisers.

SVSU is purchasing high-end equipment for those in the club to use for competitions.

The eSports club will send out emails in the near future to raise interest in students trying to make their mark at the eSports collegiate level.

The eSports club will be focusing on a limited number of games to start off the fall semester, Stahl said.

It will first focus primarily on Overwatch and League of Legends.

Other games being discussed for the near future include Hearthstone, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow 6 Siege and Rocket League.

The club wants to make it clear that it is always open to new games students or players are interested in.

“In the fall, the eSports club is set to host an inner-campus tournament for the games to determine the players who will represent the university,” Stahl said.

Other players will be used as a reserve but will have the same access as the primary team. Stahl said the coronavirus outbreak has unfortunately slowed down the startup of the club.

“Due to the outbreak and the school’s decisions on the coronavirus, that somewhat messes with what the board had originally planned,” he said. “We will be working closely with the school and its staff to determine the best course of action. We look forward to the fall semester and the official beginning of the eSports club.”

Stahl said he looks forward to students joining the club teams and welcomes suggestions.

“This program is for the students,” he said. “We are looking for feedback and suggestions in order to make it as accessible and fun as possible. It’s only going to be as good as the students let it. If you have any interest or questions, please feel free to reach out.”

The new eSports club is open to everyone. Anyone interested should contact James Stahl at jastahl@svsu.edu to be added to the email list and receive new information as it becomes available.

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