St. Thomas Aquinas College is proud to announce the addition of an online gaming eSports program beginning in the Spring of 2018. Adding eSports to the already existing 19 men’s and women’s athletic programs gives the College the ability to offer the non-traditional student-athlete an experience that not many other schools in the Tri-State area can offer.
In the Fall of 2018, the Spartans will start competing against other schools from around the country in one of the most popular games; League of Legends, and will look to eventually expand. The College is in final stages of adding a brand new eSports facility and recruiting is underway. eSports have long been a part of the culture of gaming and the competitions have gained a tremendous about of interest and popularity. League of Legends is a competitive, challenging game which requires a significant amount of teamwork to be successful.
"We are extremely excited about the addition of eSports as we have seen the dramatic rise in popularity over the last few years, especially on college campuses," commented Gerald Oswald, Director of Athletics for the Spartans. "St. Thomas Aquinas has always been at the forefront of providing opportunities for a diverse group of students with different interests and skills."
The Spartans have hired Alumni and former track & field athlete, Kevin Roth to serve as Director of STAC's eSports program.
“I am excited to be in charge of recruiting this new breed of athlete to St. Thomas Aquinas College and to make the program as successful as possible,” stated Roth.
According to The Next Level, a media publication covering the business of eSports, "When people talk about eSports, they often talk about its exponential growth. Usually there is a bit of exaggeration with these numbers but collegiate eSports is no exaggeration. We've been seeing exponential growth in the scene since inception and it doesn't seem to be slowing. We estimate 655 students from 40 Universities will be receiving substantial scholarship tuition packages for representing their institution as a varsity player in competitive League of Legends, Overwatch, CounterStrike: Global Offensive, and other video game tournaments next year."