BANGOR — The world of Esports is coming to Husson University starting in November.
Husson University is getting in on one of the world’s biggest organized gaming opportunities, Esports.
New Husson University Esports professor Joel Madru says Husson will compete against other colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada.
“Every college in America has a gaming club of some sort and now that’s becoming more formalized with esports programs as students are becoming engaged and working as a team and competing against other colleges in the U.S.,” said Joel Madru, Esports professor at Husson University.
According to the data website, Statista Esports market revenue just surpassed nearly 1.1 billion dollars worldwide. He says students will have a chance at winning scholarships.
“The title that I support Rainbow six is not one that is currently available but I have been talking to Joel about it and he is currently working on it so I have future hopes of seeing that title,” said Lance Daigle, criminal justice major at Husson University. Rainbow six is another Esport gaming platform for gamers.
At the intercollegiate level, students will travel and compete at different esporting events across the nation. Madru said Husson will have two teams junior varsity and varsity and will move players up as they advance.
“I do feel like there are not enough female gamers out there that you can actually see so I feel like as a female myself that I should at least try to participate in esports,” said Jenadine Hoffer, marketing and communications at Husson University.
Madru is holding tryouts for the gaming sport coming November and is looking for players who can compete. The university will organize teams for “League of Legends”, “Overwatch”, “Rocket League,” “Valorant,” and “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.”
Two conferences that are available at the college level are the Collegiate League of Legends and the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference and Husson will compete in both.