OTC eSports

Simply put, eSports (More Info) is an organized video game competition. Players form teams and compete against opponents in a variety of multiplayer games. Teams traditionally consist of four players, but the lineup can vary depending on the game being played. While the competitions are always evolving with new game releases, popular genres include multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA), battle royale, fighting and real-time strategy (RTS) games. Players generally compete using nicknames and wear jerseys displaying both their nickname and number. Competitions usually take place using a suite of gaming PCs but some events use gaming consoles as well.

The rise is closely linked to the surging popularity of livestreaming platforms such as YouTube and Twitch. eSports is a massively popular spectator sport. Competitions are frequently held at indoor arenas where the events host both a live audience and people tuning in via a livestream broadcast. Professional competitions often draw millions of viewers, the majority of which are between ages 18-34. Some competitions have also been broadcast by conventional television outlets such as ESPN and Turner Broadcasting.

At the college level, there are over 130 varsity programs in North America, many of which are governed by the National Association of Collegiate eSports (NACE). These programs are often made up of multiple teams, each specializing in specific games or genres. The best players have the option of moving on to the professional level where they can earn upwards of seven figures. Professional leagues include Major League Gaming and the ESL Pro League.

eSports has grown into a billion-dollar industry. This growth is expected to continue as interest in traditional sports is declining. As younger players continue to flock to the sport, it’s clear that eSports competitions will be a cultural mainstay for years to come.

Hours of Operation

The esports room will be closed the week of May 23rd.  Summer hours begin Tuesday, May 31st

Recreational time to use the esports arena is available to all current OTC students, faculty, and staff during the following hours:

Monday – Friday: Noon – 5:00pm

Hours of availability can vary around the team’s competition schedule and/or required maintenance. Changes to the posted schedule will be announced in the Discord

Facilities

FAQs

What is eSports?

eSports is competitive gaming using video games on various platforms, most often in the form of organized, multiplayer competitions. An esports program consists of several teams participating in specific game titles. Players usually focus on only one game but can play additional titles depending on skill and schedule.

How big is eSports?

The global eSports market generated 696 million dollars in revenue in the last year with a global fan base of 385 million people.

Why should I participate in eSports?

eSports provides an extracurricular activity where students can be involved and find a larger community of like-minded peers. Students learn valuable skills playing eSports such as how to participate in a team sport, strategic thinking, time management, and managing success and failure.

Where is the esports arena?

OTC’s esports arena is on the Springfield campus, Information Commons West room 117

What does our eSports Arena Have?

  • Nintendo Switches with a variety of games.
  • 12 high-end gaming PCs from MSI with the following specifications:
    • Intel Core i9 3.5 GHz, 16 GB of RAM, NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3080 10G GDDR6X
  • We also have a table for tabletop games or cards

Who is eligible to compete?

OTC’s coed esports program is open to full-time students who are in good standing with the College and have at least a 2.5 grade-point average (GPA). If the student is not 18 years of age or older, a parent or guardian’s permission will be required

Additionally, players will be responsible for a set number of hours for practice and esports-related responsibilities.

Will there be scholarships?

At this time, OTC is not offering scholarships for eSports players

What games will you be competing in?

OTC will focus on games that are team-based and can easily support school-against-school competition. Games for the competition will be selected based on popularity, the ability to participate in league/tournament play and suitable content. The final selection criteria will be determined in conjunction with other universities and/or leagues.

If you would like to suggest a game, complete the Interest Form.

Try Outs / How do I get on the team?

Tryouts will be scheduled if necessary, based on the number of students who sign up to compete and which games are chosen for our competition season. Information about tryouts will be sent to students who completed the Interest Form and posted in the Team Discord.

Will there be travel games?

Most competitions will occur online and require no travel. As the program develops, we plan to travel occasionally for tournaments. In those cases, the team would travel as a group and student-athletes would incur little or no expense.

Are there any costs for students participating in eSports?

At this time, there is no costs for students who are participating on an eSports team.

Is the eSports facility open to the student body?

We want every enrolled OTC student to have access to the eSports facility. We especially encourage those who may have had little to no exposure to some of the gaming systems we will have. This is a chance for us to offer exploration and opportunities to as many students as possible.

Hours of availability for the eSports facility will be posted once construction is complete.

Can I bring my own equipment or games to the esports arena?

You may bring and use personal games or equipment of limited size that does not display profane visuals or words if approved by the staff. OTC and the esports Arena staff are not responsible for loss, theft, or damage of personal equipment brought to the Arena.

All games played in the Gaming Center must be rated T for Teen or below by the Entertainment Software Rating Board. You may not play or install any games in the arena that fall outside of our content guidelines.

Interest Form

If you are interested in playing club or varsity eSports at OTC, please click the button below to fill out the interest form below.

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