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Spotlight: Esports Club
If you’re tired of sitting at home and playing video games by yourself, get active with the UW ESports Club!
ESports Club is a place for students to meet other gamers to socialize, play games, and compete. The club runs two tournaments a term, including the popular League of Legends tournament known as the “Golden Goose Championship” which runs in fall and winter. Students have the opportunity to enter these tournaments to compete with each other and win prizes such as gift cards and gaming merchandise.
On May 25, ESports club held its first tournament for the spring term. Approzimately 50 students competed in Smash and Hearthstone and hundreds of dollars of prizes were given away to both winners and attendees.
Regional Smash celebrities Jams and VGaddict were in attendance as well and UWaterloo students got the opportunity to spectate high level plays from these players.
“Fortunately for us, due to this community's amazing passion for gaming we were able to significantly improve our production quality by running a full stream with commentators and even have games projected across the room, making this our most professional tournament ever,” said Nikolas Drakulovic, ESports Club executive member.
If you're interested in a more competitive scene, ESports Club also supports and hosts its own competitive teams in League of Legends, Overwatch, and Rocket League. Not only do these teams require highly skilled players, but they are also looking to recruit analysts, coaches, and managers. The Overwatch and League of Legends teams host tryouts every year in the fall term, while those that are interested in Rocket League can reach out to the UW ESports club Facebook page [external link].
For more casual gaming, ESports Club has its own Discord channel for members to meet and play games with other students.
“The club has many wonderful things to offer to students and is a great way to get involved in extracurriculars while expressing your own interests,” said Drakulovic.
UW ESports club is currently hoping to create an association of all the current esports and gaming clubs on campus and is looking for new executives members to be a part of this project. If you're interested in becoming an exec, or are interested in UW Esports Club in general, visit their Facebook page [external link].