Centralia College will offer gaming as a competitive collegiate sport starting winter quarter. The team will participate in the eSports subsidiary of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the National Association of College eSports, and compete with other collegiate teams across the country.
The team will be competing in two online games, Overwatch and League of Legends. Competitions will start in the spring.
Centralia College is hosting League of Legends tryouts at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10, in Washington Hall room 209. It will be a tournament-style competition. Organizers expect to choose the 12 best players for the Centralia College team.
Overwatch tryouts will be held at a later date.
To be eligible to play, students must take at least 12 credits and have a 2.0 grade point average.
eSports is a growing area of interest for students and a robust competition circuit has developed. Centralia College is the first two-year college in the state to offer a sanctioned eSports team.
“The goal of all athletics is to promote the education and development of students through participation in sports, and this is a new avenue of sporting competition we are offering our students,” explained Shelley Bannish, director of Student Life and Involvement. “Ultimately, we will have scholarships available and opportunities for students to build connections with other gamers across the country.”
If there is enough interest in the team, it may expand competition to other games in future seasons, explained Coach Sam Small.
“We’re starting with very popular games that many students have access to and enjoy playing,” he said. “We will definitely be looking at other games as we move forward and grow. This is our pilot team and it’s certainly my hope we will draw competitive gamers to our college from across the country.”
For more information, contact Sam Small at 360-623-8614 or email@example.com.