CSU Announces New Esports Team

Columbus State University announced today the members of its newest Esports Team, which will play Overwatch. Coached by Alex Plata, a CSU admissions counselor, the following CSU students recently signed on to the Overwatch team.

Liam Aycock
Andrew Brooks
Xavier Gamboa
Jarel Hearst
Malik Long
Marcus Tarver-Smith

Primary Subs:
Nasiah Dixon
Michael Tinsley
Austin Yoemans
Secondary Subs:
Amanda King
Nicholas Silva
Brandon Washington

The Overwatch team is CSU’s second Esports team. The first, a League of Legends team, was founded in the spring of 2018. CSU’s League of Legends Esports team placed second in the 2019 Peach Belt Conference League of Legends Championship, and team member Bruce Andrews was recognized by PBC as the 2020 Attacker of the Year.

CSU holds a unique partnership with Mediacom Business, in which Mediacom Business delivers a 1 Gig fiber optic connection to the campus “Genius Room” where both eSports Teams will practice and compete. Mediacom Business also provides ongoing scholarships to attract team members to this rapidly growing sector of student life. The Esports program at CSU is overseen by CSU’s Office of Student Life & Development.

CSU’s Overwatch team was developed after the Peach Belt Conference added the second title to its Esports offerings with its first season of Overwatch this fall. Play will begin on Sept. 26 and continue for eight weeks, leading to the PBC Tournament Nov. 21 and 22. All contests, including tournament play, will be conducted remotely in keeping with current health practices. Participating teams and the inaugural schedule will be released by the league office on Friday.

Published by Blizzard Entertainment, Overwatch is a fast-paced futuristic first-person game featuring two teams of six facing off head-to-head. Taking place on a near-future Earth, players choose a ‘hero’ character to control, each with their own unique abilities and roles. Matches are played on a variety of maps with different game modes where teams are tasked with defending territory, securing an objective or escorting a payload. Teams must work together, constantly adjusting their strategies based on the map and the characteristics of their selected Heroes.

Launched in 2016, Overwatch has quickly grown into one of the most popular Esports titles in the world with tens of millions of players competing at every level. The professional Overwatch League (OWL) debuted in 2018 and currently sports 20 franchises in Asia, North America and Europe.