The College of Akron esports program is rapidly carving out a fame as one of many nation’s greatest.
Final week, this system’s Rocket League crew received its third consecutive nationwide championship, changing into the one crew to perform that feat. One other Akron crew, Rainbow Six Siege, additionally received the nationwide championship in its sport.
School esports applications are comprised of groups that compete in varied video games. The College of Akron has seven groups that compete with groups from different universities.
Akron at the moment competes in League of Legends, Rocket League, Counter-Strike: International Offensive, Overwatch, Hearthstone, Rainbow Six Siege, and Fortnite.
UAs esports program has proved helpful as a recruiting software and is revered amongst avid gamers as one of many nation’s greatest.
Esports Director Nate Meeker has been with this system since its inception in 2017 and stated it has been useful for each the college and its college students.
Meeker stated this system has been capable of preserve energetic in the course of the coronavirus disaster as a result of the scholars compete remotely by way of the web. Workforce members don’t even should play from the identical location.
“General, this system has stayed robust all through this epidemic,” he stated.
Meeker stated this system is progressively gaining respect amongst college and employees on the college. It has been standard with college students from the beginning, and has confirmed a helpful recruiting software with graduating highschool college students.
The Rocket League crew has been capable of recruit highly-ranked gamers who’ve labored effectively collectively — very effectively.
“We’ve been fortunate to have them and so they have been fortunate to have the construction [of the program],” Meeker stated Tuesday.
The nationwide championships, that are held in each spring and fall semesters, are particularly rewarding, he stated.
The Rainbow Six Siege crew dominated its opponent from the Rochester Institute of Expertise. However the Rocket League crew, with starters Buzz Krager, Tristan Roberts and Isaac Stecker, needed to come from behind to beat Louisiana State College.
“It’s very cool — three seasons, now, in a row,” Meeker stated.
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