Students interested in professional gaming can now join and support Arkansas Tech through the Arkansas Tech E-Sports team.
The Arkansas Tech E-Sports team was founded this semester by a handful of students. The team currently only plays two games competitively: Overwatch and Hearthstone.
The E-Sports team competes in tournaments against other universities across the United States for a grand prize. As of now the Tech E-Sports team has won two games and lost one game in both Overwatch and Hearthstone. The tournament they compete in is through an official organization called TESPA, formally “The eSport Association.”
Any student is allowed to join the e-sports team at Tech.
“As of right now we don’t have any tryouts for the team but we hope to have tryouts next year though,” James Vance, co-founder of the E-Sports team said. “Eventually we’ll require a rank in order to be on the team but the basic requirement is to just be good at the game.” Vance said the Overwatch team and Hearthstone team are already locked into place for this tournament season so students interested in joining will have to wait for the tournament to end before trying to gain a spot.
The E-Sports team is trying to expand into other online competitive games to compete in but require more people to get involved.
“We only have an Overwatch and Hearthstone team because they are the bigger games out right now. We tried getting a Rocket League, Dota and League of Legends team together but we just didn’t have enough people to play the game,” Vance said.
The E-Sports team practices online Monday and Tuesday. Tournament matches are on Wednesdays at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. for the Overwatch team and Mondays at 7 p.m. for the Hearthstone team. You can watch and support the teams on Twitch.tv/ATU Esports. Vance said if you want to learn more about the team you can join the Arkansas Tech E-Sports discord server.