College of St. Joseph now has a brand-new state-of-the-art eSports arena.
The arena is located on the first floor of St. Joseph’s Hall, and is equipped with 5 gaming computers loaded with top titles, LED lighting, webcasting and a giant viewing screen for both spectators and team strategy revision. Each gaming station is outfitted with a mechanical keyboard, headset, gaming chair and 24” screen.
Chris Towle is eSports Director and team head coach, and has been instrumental in the development of the program and its new venue. Launched in the fall of 2017, the eSports program is part of the College’s athletic department and, says Coach Towle, is held to the same high standards as CSJ’s other athletic programs.
“Our digital athletes have access to good coaching and a training facility, just like any sport at the College,” says Towle. “Our goal with this new program is to reach the next generation of student who is competitive, smart and tech-savvy.”
Towle says participation in eSports teaches critical life skills such as team building, communication and multi-tasking, in addition to strengthening game knowledge and reaction speed. “It enhances the campus culture, and gives students the chance to improve their personal performance both in and out of the classroom. It’s really an innovative pathway for students to flourish academically, socially and professionally.”
CSJ joins more than 70 colleges across the country with varsity eSports teams recognized by the National Association of Collegiate eSports (NACE). The College is recruiting players for next year’s team to compete in games like League of Legends, Fortnite, Rocket League and Hearthstone. The school is also hoping to engage local businesses with sponsorship opportunities and other promotional partnerships.
The CSJ team, the Archangels, practices three times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, from 12:30pm to 2:30pm, and spectators are welcome. The team is currently organizing scrimmages with other collegiate teams, and some CSJ players have been competing in locally-run online tournaments.
For more information about varsity eSports at CSJ, contact Chris Towle at (802) 776-5259 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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