BRIDGEPORT, W.Va (WDTV) – The WVU esports team was founded in October 2021.
The team is in Dallas, Texas for the Red Bull Campus Clutch esports tournament.
This is the national finals and the team competes against 13 of the best teams in the state.
If they win, they advance to the global finals in Brazil.
Josh Steger is WVU Esports Director.
He said it’s an incredible experience for the team.
“Right now we’re fighting to be the best team in the United States. The opportunity to represent the United States almost like an Olympic team basically in Brazil and all the other schools from different countries is going to be a really incredible experience that you just can’t get anywhere or most people never get an opportunity at all to participate in something like that, and it’s just amazing that they’re doing it for video games at this point.
Steger said they currently have four games Madden, Valorent, Rocket League and Call of Duty.
The Red Bull tournament only plays Valorent. It’s a 5v5 competitive game where you attack or defend your side against other players.
He said it was an extremely long process to prepare for.
“From a competitive perspective, it’s really about bringing the right people together to form a team and making sure they understand the mission objectives and the ins and outs of the game. From an administrative standpoint, it really gets the campus behind us, the faculty members and the Provost Office and lets them know that esports is here and we’re here to stay.”
Steger said they have 21 players in their varsity team and around 800-1000 in their club team.
He said they are trying to expand the team and are even thinking of creating an all-girls team.
At the same time, they want to attract more people to the e-sports major and minor.
“Hopefully the people who come and support the Esports team also participate in our minor and major that we are building on campus. We’re doing a really good job of getting people involved from the industry and they’re literally giving the students hands-on experience through the classroom work, and that’s pretty much non-existent in this area right now, and we’re just hoping to be the pioneers of what Esports is in college.”
The hope is to create spaces on campus that students can use for different purposes in the future.
Steger said you can stream the team at the tournament from their Twitter account to see them linked here.
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