Written for The Argo by John O’Connor
The Stockton University Esports team is gearing up for yet another strong season competing against other colleges in the ECAC. ECAC, short for Eastern College Athletic Conference, is an organization that’s been around for nearly eight decades; the conference features over 200 schools across all three of the NCAA’s divisions. Its goal is to enhance the experience of college students that play sports, both traditional and non-traditional. In 2018, the group decided to branch into esports through a partnership with LeagueSpot. Today, nearly 400 teams across 150 schools in the US and Canada compete in 14 different games. While the bulk of competition is done online, some in-person events occur each fall and spring.
Stockton’s team participates in competitions centered around FIFA, Fortnite, Halo Infinite, Hearthstone, League of Legends, Madden, NBA 2k, Rocket League, and Valorant. Stockton is currently in the top ten in ECAC rankings in four of the games according to the ECAC’s LeagueSpot website. The Madden 1v1 team created by Dylan Dada currently has a 3-0 record– the best out of all of Stockton’s teams.
Each team plays every one to two weeks against schools from across the country. Pat Verrecchia is the general manager for two of the teams and plays an important role in determining who they are competing against. “I am the general manager for Fortnite and NBA 2k. As GM, I set up games and manage rosters,” Verrecchia said. Stockton’s esports program is open to all students who have an interest in gaming.
If students want to participate, it is simple to get involved. “Fill out the interest form in OspreyHub and join the Discord discussion for updates,” Verrecchia finalized.
More information about ECAC can be found at http://www.ecacesports.com/. Additional information about Stockton Esports can be found at https://sites.google.com/stockton.edu/stockton-esports/home