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PCC eSports team joins intercollegiate gaming league

24 May 2016

The Pratt Community College eSports program is making preparations for the start of their team this Fall semester and have already been accepted into the intercollegiate gaming league known as the Collegiate StarLeague (CSL).
The Collegiate StarLeague is a gaming league open to all accredited colleges and universities in North America and Europe. CSL currently organizes leagues for competitive online video games like League of Legends which the PCC eSports team will focus on starting out.
“I’m excited for our first season of competition and will hopefully be presenting some new or different strategies for League of Legends competitions,” said Kenton Small, eSports head coach. "It has been a learning experience preparing for fall, as eSports is not only new to PCC but relatively new in the country. I am very grateful for the support given in preparation for our first season and I look forward to watching the team continue to grow.”
In order to compete with other colleges, PCC had to become a part of CSL. The college was approved May 16 and each of the students in eSports will be a card-carrying member. Besides being able to compete, members of Star League are eligible for scholarship money.
“There are tuition and books scholarships available,” said Small. “Graduating high school students should especially look at this as an opportunity to help fund their education through competitive gaming. I cannot think of a more exciting way to accomplish that.”
Competitions with CSL are much like an NCAA traditional sport tournament. Teams will be seeded by ranking from the first round and mixed with teams from other conferences. Top teams advance to playoffs, which features a single elimination bracket. Teams are also required to have a coordinator a minimum of five unique players.
Tournaments are hosted by colleges and universities throughout the year and are broadcasted online for spectators to watch.
Enrollment for Fall 2016 has begun and students who are interested in learning more and enrolling or trying out for eSports can contact Small at kentons@prattcc.edu.