Photo by Jake Boucher
FHSU’s E-Sports club starts it’s first season this September gaming competitively on a varsity level as global popularity rises.
Two years ago, Jake Boucher, along with his friend, Robby Wilcox, started on their mission to form a competitive gaming club on campus. They wanted a group based on the love of video games. Now, Boucher is the president of the FHSU E-Sports club. A club that meets every Wednesday through discord. The club provides students with opportunities within the gaming community at large, whether it be to meet others who enjoy the same video games or let students compete with other schools in an easier way.
Team captain of League of Legends, Dain Grimes said, “I have always been interested in video games and have had success at a high level with competitive games.”
Just this year, the club has grown enough to get its own classroom along with 20 computers designed to handle any sort of video game. FHSU E-Sports has also given out 20 scholarships to students participating in the club.
Through university funding, the club now has eight different competitive game teams at the varsity level. These include the games Overwatch, Valorant, Fortnite, Hearthstone, Rocket League, Rainbow Six: Siege,League of Legends, and Modern Warfare. Each team has a captain in charge of choosing teams and setting up practices.
Team captain of Valorant, Rich Whitmer said, “It feels great knowing that my judgment is trusted enough to run a team/pick the members but also stressful since it definitely is a responsibility.”
The competitions can be viewed on the FHSU E-Sports Twitch channel: link. Most of these competitions start next week with specific dates below. The first competition starts with Hearthstone on the 17th of September. Times and competitors are usually announced a couple days before, so for more information check out the E-Sports Discord server: link.
- Overwatch: September 25th
- Hearthstone: September 17th
- Rocket League: September 25th
- Fortnite: September 25th
- Modern Warfare: September 23rd and October 13th