Esports team looking to grow at Carleton

Tespa Carleton, the Carleton University esports club, has grown since it started in August 2016 and now has an eye towards becoming an official Carleton Athletics club, according to Robert Oles, its founder and president. “We started as an esports organization that was looking to kind of connect gamers on campus,” Oles, a third-year public affairs and policy management student, said. Like other universities esports clubs, it partnered with Tespa, a North American collegiate esports organization. Esports are organized, multi-player video game competitions where players take part in a variety of first-person shooter, battle arenas, strategy, or fighting video games. When the Carleton club started, there were 40 members, which grew to 70 by December 2016 and then to 270 […]

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Carleton students compete internationally in eSports

A team of Carleton students, called Ember Collegiate, finished in the top 16 at the Heroes of the Dorm eSports tournament last week. They competed in a 64 team bracket against university students across North America in a video game called Heroes of the Storm. “Best way to describe [the game] is a five on five action game where each player gets to control their own individual character and you work together as a team to complete objectives on the map,” said James Fitzgerald, one of the players on the team. “And then eventually the end goal is to destroy the enemy’s home base and in this case it is called ‘the core,’” he said. Another team member, Noah Sternberg, […]

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League of Legends video game added to varsity athletics department

League of Legends, a widely popular multiplayer video game, has joined the world of university varsity sports. Robert Morris University-Illinois  (RMU), near Chicago, announced it has added the online competitive sport—or eSport— to its varsity athletics program, making it the first university to do so. The RMU varsity team will join the Collegiate StarLeague League of Legends, a group of 103 registered universities and colleges across North America, which compete against each other every year.  While these teams are recognized as clubs at their respective universities, RMU will be the first to label theirs as a varsity athletic team. Kurt Melcher, associate athletic director at RMU, said he discovered the competitiveness of League of Legends while looking through old video […]

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