Gaming has been around for decades, but within the past year more and more colleges are taking gaming to the next level having official eSports teams. Jerry Gomez is the Coordinator of eSports at Fresno State. He said he was excited to get this program up and running. “The first thing was to try and distinguish if it is going to be a club sport, is it going to be athletics or what should we call it?” said Gomez. Electronic Sports, or eSports for short, is competitive multiplayer video gaming. Within the past five years, colleges have taken eSports seriously. Players compete against other colleges within their division and that’s why Gomez worked hard to have Fresno State get in on the action.
“So, in the process, we figured out that it should be its own thing and that’s when we figured out it was going to be a varsity eSports program,” said Gomez. According to Gomez with Fresno State Off Campus Student Life, the eSports varsity team will play league of legends against other schools in the Mountain West Division. “Obviously we would love to win the Mountain West conference that is a really big goal,” said Gomez. “But, I think the main goal is to get establish and get it going and everything.”
This is the first varsity eSports team at Fresno State. However, Fresno State is late to the game because it’s the second to last college in the Mountain West Division to adopt this type of competitive gaming. Tommy Lee is the Fresno State Head Coach for eSports. He said his first priority is recruiting top tier gamers. “Players, they are working really hard to get through tryouts they are really trying their best and putting in a ton of effort,” said Lee. Like […]
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