SUNY Canton Students Compete In Video GamingPosted: Updated:
Emily Oeser is a freshman at SUNY Canton who's majoring in game design and development. She's also the captain of one of the college's new eSports teams, a sports program devoted completely to competitive video gaming.
"Video games are something that's been in my childhood for quite a while. I was super excited to hear that SUNY Canton was going to be a part of the eSports community," said Oeser.
Students play the eSports video games on computers. Each team communicates through headsets. The students at SUNY Canton will compete with students from other colleges.
There's more than 40 schools in the National Association of Collegiate eSports. Just like other sports, these athletes will have to prepare for competition.
"Practice, reviewing games that they've played, watching videos of other matches that other teams are playing to learn their strengths and weaknesses," said Rob Snow, eSports head coach.
The students that compete in eSports learn a lot of the same lessons that you would if you were in baseball or hockey.
"There's a lot more communication and especially working together as a team," said Oeser.
SUNY Canton plans to launch the eSports program for the spring 2018 semester. Officials with the college say there's already a lot of interest from gamers who are ready to become athletes.