ESports at the Collegiate Level

Esports at the Collegiate Level
Posted on 11/15/2019
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College coaches are visiting ILHS, talking to students about Esports. Ohio Northern University Esports Head Coach Troy Chiefari and one of his players visited the high school to meet with those students already participating in Esports or potentially interested in pursuing Esports at the college level.

Chiefari has a background as a professional Esports player, specifically in Halo.  This is the first year for the varsity Esports program at ONU, but they're off to a good start only losing one match this fall.  He talked about the current program (they currently compete in Overwatch and League of Legends) and where the program is headed. They plan to add multiple games in the next year, including Hearthstone, Rainbow 6 Siege, and Fortnite.

Students asked several question about what kind of scholarships are available to someone attending ONU as an esports player, what the Esports facilities are like at ONU, how practices work for Esports at the college level, the recent surge in popularity of Esports at the collegiate and high school levels, and the comradery developed among Esports teammates and gaming club members at ONU.

This is also the inaugural year of Indian Lake's Esports program as part of the Careers@ILS grant. This fall students competed in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on the Nintendo Switch.  Later in the year, Indian Lake will again compete in Super Smash Bros. and Overwatch on PC.