December 6th, 2018 | by CollegeAD

Alma College is joining a growing number of institutions nationwide adding team video game competition to its intercollegiate athletic offerings. Competition will begin in Fall 2019. “The number of colleges and universities with esports teams has grown significantly over the past five years,” says Steven Rackley, director of athletics. “We are thrilled that Alma will be the first Division III-level school in Michigan to compete in esports. Embracing esports allows Alma College to continue attracting top students while providing an innovative pathway for students to succeed academically and professionally.” The esports program will complement existing Alma academic and co-curricular offerings at Alma, including the new media studies major, guided academic tracks for game design and sports communication, and student organizations like the Alma College Gaming Guild. Christopher Gaumond has been named head coach of esports. He will lead all aspects of developing Alma’s varsity program, including recruiting qualified student-athletes, scheduling, instructing players in strategies and performance principles, and coaching the team at tournaments and competitions.  – mlive –  Read More

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