Seton Hill University announced that they will launch a co-ed varsity esports team in the Fall of 2022 that will provide incoming and current students with the opportunity to participate in video game tournaments against college players from across the country. Seton Hill will also build a gaming arena in the lower level of Canevin Hall for the esports program. The 875-square-foot arena, which will feature 16 PC gaming stations and multi-level seating with multiple monitors for viewing is expected to open at the end of next year.
“The popularity of esports on high school and college campuses – as well as on the professional level – cannot be understated, and all of us at Seton Hill look forward to providing students the opportunity to compete at a high level,” said Chris Snyder, executive director of athletics at Seton Hill. “We anticipate that our Griffin Esports competitors will soon join our other athletic teams as national contenders on the collegiate level.”
Seton Hill expects to compete in at least five game titles at the program launch, including Overwatch, League of Legends, Rocket League, Hearthstone, and FIFA Soccer. Titles may change or be added based on player interest and skill levels. Scholarship opportunities will be available for incoming students based on both their gaming skills and their academic qualifications. The university anticipates an initial roster of 25 students, which will grow based on student interest.
Seton Hill expects to join the National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE) in January in preparation for the launch of the Griffin Esports program in Fall 2022. NACE is the largest member association of college and university varsity esports programs that promotes the education and development of students through intercollegiate esports.
(All information was provided by The Latrobe Bulletin)
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