Cobleskill, NY – SUNY Cobleskill has announced that Esports will be offered as a varsity sport beginning in the 2020-2021 academic year, joining colleges nationwide in one of the fastest growing areas of collegiate and professional competition.

The inaugural Fighting Tigers Varsity Esports team will compete in Fortnight, League of Legends, and Rocket League. The newest among the Fighting Tiger Athletic Department’s offerings, the varsity esports team will be housed in its own purpose-built practice and competition facility in the College’s Warner Hall. The new space will be outfitted with specialized Alienware Gaming computers and will livestream competitions via Twitch.

“Esports requires training, discipline, strategic thinking and teamwork, hallmarks of all our exceptional Fighting Tiger teams,” said SUNY Cobleskill President Marion A. Terenzio. “As esports grows with breathtaking momentum, we are very excited to provide our students with an exhilarating opportunity to excel, and open doors to burgeoning professional opportunities.”

“The face of sports as we know it is changing and evolving,” said Fighting Tiger Athletic Director Marie Curran-Headley. “Esports is growing exponentially. With massive worldwide participation and sponsorship from major corporations, it is poised to top $1 billion in revenues in 2020. SUNY Cobleskill is thrilled to begin competing in this global arena.”

In its first season, SUNY Cobleskill will be competing as an independent team, prior to aligning with a league. SUNY Cobleskill recently participated in SUNY Chancellor Johnson’s Esports Challenge, providing SUNY campuses the unique opportunity to compete with no divisions.

Online competitive try-outs for male and female players will be under way soon. Current and prospective students interested in joining the Fighting Tigers Varsity Esports Team can contact Director of Athletics Marie Curran-Headley at CurranMC@cobleskill.edu.

 

This release was published by SUNY Cobleskill, 05/20/20