Game on! VU E-Sports Trailblazers launch program with victory - External Relations
Game on! VU E-Sports Trailblazers launch program with victory
October 7, 2020
VINCENNES, Ind. – It is game on for the Vincennes University E-Sports
Trailblazers! They kicked off their inaugural season with a historic
win in this exciting new sport on campus.
The E-Sports Trailblazers won Round 1 of the first game in the NJCAA
Esports (NJCAAe) main season for Fall 2020. VU gamer Jaden
Pfoff earned a victory in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate against Snow
College (Utah). She dominated the competition with a 7-0 win on Oct. 6.
“I am very proud of our VU students who excel academically and
in competitive esports,” VU E-Sports Head Coach and Information
Technology Professor Newton Lee said. “Our phenomenal first win scored
by my game design student Jaden Pfoff energizes our team even more as
we are heading towards the Fall 2020 NJCAAe tournaments. It’s not just
winning that I care about. It's also about sportsmanship and team
building among VU students.”
The victory marks an outstanding start to VU’s esports program, which
offers competitive, organized, multiplayer online gaming experiences.
VU is a member of NJCAA Esports, the only national esports association
exclusively for two-year colleges.
Esports is the world’s fastest-growing sport. College esports
programs are also on the rise.
VU students are actively engaging with other students and enjoying
gaming together. The E-Sports
Trailblazers will continue competing throughout the fall and
spring semesters in many different games, including Overwatch, Call of
Duty, Valorant, Rocket League.
The pandemic is taking esports to the next level and connecting
college students with students all over the country. Gamers can play
anywhere and are taking part in a community that shares the same interests.
The state-of-the-art Holodome Gaming Student Arcade located on the
Vincennes campus in the Wathen Business Building is where the
Trailblazers showcase their gaming skills and talent. The suite is
filled with virtual reality pods, gaming PCs, an arcade station, and
more. The Fall 2020 registration period for the E-Sports Trailblazers
is currently closed. Applications for Spring 2021 will begin being
accepted in November.
The Trailblazers are coached by a gaming expert. Lee developed more
than 100 video games as a senior producer and lead engineer for the
Walt Disney Company, including the popular playtesting and
installation of Toontown Online. Toontown, which launched in 2003, was
a groundbreaking multiplayer game that enjoyed a worldwide fan base
for over a decade.
“It has been fascinating to observe our student esports athletes
practice and prepare for competition. The level of commitment and
dedication for esports mirrors that of any other sport. I am really
excited to have esports as a part of the Vincennes University
Athletics program. Putting this program together here at VU has been a
team effort and I am thrilled to be a part of it and cheer the team
on. Go Trailblazers!” Information Technology Department Chair Jaci
Gaming is not only popular. It is also a multibillion-dollar
industry. Reports are showing that now, more than ever, video games
are being played at record levels due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
VU offers a Programming and Game Development Degree that
provides students with a unique opportunity. Students get hands-on
experience. They learn how to design and develop video games on
multiple platforms as well as how to publish and market software applications.