October 2, 2022
“I was a footballer for four years, in my eyes. Esports is no different to any traditional sport, and I think we should be seen as a sports team like anyone else. you call it the soccer team. They’re the soccer team, we’re the esports team. We have players, coaches, and managers, just like traditional sports teams. Instead of pitching pads and run a soccer ball a hundred yards, I sit in this chair and play video games for six hours.
This is a quote from Brody McLemore senior when asked what the esports team should be referred to. Brady is currently not only a team athlete, but also the broadcast director and social media coordinator.
As this program enters its third year, there has already been extreme growth. The program has grown from five to over 60 members in three years. “Esports started when there were only five of us. We played a charity tournament for the University of Northern Iowa for League of Legends. We weren’t even in one of the three rooms that we have now. We had to use a conference room in the forum. We just had five towers which we bought two weeks in advance. There were only five of us sitting there for a few hours. See now that we have 63 athletes on the team three years later is incredible growth.
Last summer, the esports team added two more rooms to make three rooms in total. This expansion was necessary due to the enormous growth of the past year. Director of esports and intramural Trevor Berneking has expectations for the team going forward. “If we continue to grow, the maximum number of students we can accommodate with spaces is around 90-100 students. However, we would need at least 40-50 PCs to handle that many students.
That being said, Trevor and Brody don’t want esports to be considered a club. Trevor had this to say about the team: “I don’t consider us a club. We are a college sport like football or baseball. If we weren’t, we wouldn’t be recruiting. It’s more than just getting in and playing the game. It’s about team building, community service, fundraising, and success in the classroom. That’s all traditional sports teams do.
Reaching the next level of competition is also very important to Trevor as he considers the future of the program. Trevor looks forward to the next recruiting classes as he seeks to attract more and more talent to the team.
If you want to go support the esports team, check them out on Instagram and Twitter @bvuesports. To see them live in action, watch them on YouTube and Twitch on the same social media handle. Brody will be playing League of Legends this year and can’t wait to add another conference title to BVU.