Becker College Varsity Esports Adds Overwatch Team
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
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|Becker College adds Overwatch varsity team|
Overwatch is a team-based game where heroes do battle in a world conflict.
“Becker is excited to add Overwatch to our varsity esports program. Over the last year the club Overwatch teams have steadily improved to the point where it makes sense to level up,” said Timothy Loew, Becker’s varsity esports program general manager and executive director of the Massachusetts Digital Games Institute (MassDiGI).
Becker’s team will kick-off its competitive schedule by playing in the TESPA Overwatch Collegiate Championship: Varsity League beginning later this month.
Esports at Becker
Overwatch is now the third game supported at the varsity level by Becker.
League of Legends was the college’s inaugural title in its varsity esports program when it launched in the summer of 2018.
This past fall, Becker took advantage of an opportunity to build a SMITE team.
“Our goal is to make Becker a destination for students with a passion for play. We’re building a true esports community here, not simply a team, club or a program,” said Loew.
Becker is the first college in Massachusetts to award scholarships to varsity esports student-athletes and the first-in-the-nation to offer a bachelor of science in esports management degree.
Released by Blizzard in 2016, Overwatch has exploded in popularity due to the creation of the Overwatch League (OWL) which features professional esports teams based in cities around the world including the Boston Uprising, a team bought by New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft in 2017.
This past summer, nearly 11 million viewers watched the first Overwatch League Finals, held in front of a sell-out crowd at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.
According to Blizzard, over 40 million people a month now play Overwatch.