Cornell College’s new esports arena filled with students trying out for the varsity team. Newswise — In the afternoon, you can often see a purple glow and hear a lot of chatter coming from what used to be known as Shaw Lounge inside Thomas Commons. Now, it’s the Cornell College esports arena filled with 12 state-of-the-art gaming computers, screens, and peripherals suitable for intercollegiate gaming competitions. The arena looks great,” said Edan Cohavi, who is a member of the new esports varsity team. “The computers are beastly, the chairs are comfortable. Everything is good.” Head Coach and Program Director for Esports Mayson Sheehan just filled the varsity roster with 18 students for Cornell’s inaugural year . The esports team will compete in matches for the game Overwatch.
“We’ll be getting into the Tespa Varsity Series which is sort of the premier league,” Sheehan said. “Blizzard, which is the company that makes Overwatch, they’re the league sponsors. Our application was accepted there, and that’s great. Our first qualification to see if we can break into that upper bracket is Sept. 21 and then from there we play starting on Oct. 5 until late November.” Cohavi, a sophomore from Kansas City who plans to major in kinesiology and minor in music , says he was thrilled to hear that Cornell was getting into the competitive esports field. He’s already met a lot of new people and enjoys playing with the team in the new arena. “I played soccer and basketball through high school,” Cohavi said. “I love working with people, I’m a very competitive person, but it’s even better to be part of a team with something that I really love. Over the years, I’ve put so much time into this game, and to actually have it realized […]
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