Electronic sports (eSports) is a growing segment of collegiate competition, and starting this fall, Immaculata will launch its own program.
The university will become a member of the National Association of Collegiate eSports (NACE) and compete in the East Coast Conference.
eSports are team-based video game competitions watched in person or online by spectators. All of Immaculata’s matches will be streamed online for viewing. Like traditional sports, players wear team jerseys, compete in arenas, and communicate with teammates and coaches as the game unfolds.
Immaculata players will compete individually and as a team in popular games such as Overwatch, League of Legends, Rocket League, Madden Football, Super Smash Brothers, and FIFA Soccer.
“I am so excited to offer our students the opportunity to engage in a sport they truly love,” said Patricia Canterino, vice president for Student Development and Undergraduate Admissions. “With the addition of eSports to Immaculata’s competitive athletic programs, students will develop teamwork, communication, strategic thinking, and leadership skills in all the same ways that traditional sports do — and then some.”
Canterino also states that a director of eSports will join the athletic department, along with a coaching staff for the new sport.
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