Mavericks Esports Reaches New Heights & Brings Exciting Opportunities

An Open Letter from head coach

March 09, 2021 |

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JacquieLamm.jpgBy Jacquie Lamm

Head Coach, Mavericks Esports

As the first Head Coach of Mavericks Esports at Minnesota State University, Mankato, our inaugural season has been more than I anticipated. I couldn’t be more proud of our students. Our goal was to bring esports to campus so students could have a chance at playing at the collegiate level – a lifelong dream of many gamers – and we’ve already made enormous strides in just a short amount of time. While our varsity teams have had both wins and losses this spring, what matters most is seeing the excitement on students’ faces when they compete.

With a large student body that advocated for both League of Legends and CS:GO game titles, it was obvious that we would compete in these two games in our inaugural season. What we didn’t expect was the massive outpouring of interest, support, and feedback from students, prompting us to add two more game titles – Madden NFL and Rocket League – to our spring 2021 season; and we have even more planned for the future. Now that we're midway through the spring season, we've gotten the chance to compete against many other collegiate teams including SMSU Esports, the University of Arizona, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, and more. Our players continue to practice weekly, honing their skills at the Esports Training Facility by testing new strategies and reviewing their VODs (past games recorded and reviewed using Video-On-Demand).

Being met with such strong support is exciting news to any program, because more students means more opportunities and engagement. Because of the positive response we’ve received, we’ve been able to develop new partnerships and ways for involvement. Being Head Coach of Mavericks Esports has been a dream come true for me and I can’t wait to see how our teams finish up the spring semester and move forward into the fall. In the meantime, here are some exciting updates about what’s in store for the future and how you can get involved: 

 

OPEN HOUSE OPPORTUNITIES FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS 

High school students interested in gaming and esports can chat with myself and some of our varsity players, tour our space, ask questions, and more during upcoming virtual and in-person open houses – check dates and register online now!  

We want to help support high school students as they begin to think about their upcoming college careers. Providing the chance for them to get to know us, tour our Esports Training Facility, and learn about our program and opportunities is important. We can’t wait to showcase what makes Minnesota State Mankato and Mavericks Esports unique. 

 

NEW ESPORTS AND GAMING LEARNING COMMUNITY 

The first ever Esports and Gaming Learning Community for incoming first-year students is open for registration for fall 2021! Limited space is already available and students can register online now.  

Learning community students will take two esports-related classes together - including a brand new game design and storytelling course - and may choose to live on the same floor of the residence hall. Being able to lean on the Learning Community Coordinator and seek guidance in this new environment will be very beneficial for students. 

 

FALL 2021 VARSITY REGISTRATION OPEN WITH 10 TITLES 

We’re recruiting varsity teams for fall 2021, register online now! There are 10 titles to choose from, including Call of Duty, CS:GO, Fortnite, League of Legends, Madden NFL 21, Rocket League, SMASH, Team Fight Tactics, and Valorant.  

Jumping from just four titles during our spring 2021 season to 10 titles for fall 2021 is something we didn’t anticipate to happen – but student interest is strong and we continue to exceed our goals. I’m a huge Call of Duty fan and am over-joyed to bring this new title on board and fill spots on our teams.

 

More Upcoming Opportunities:

  • Esports meet & greet at Buffalo Wild Wings, April 26, 5 - 8 pm
  • Wednesdays are Esports Nights at Buffalo Wild Wings, Mankato – watch our VODs on the big screens at 8 pm!
  • Esports summer camp coming soon
  • And more!

Make sure to stick around, we have even more exciting, secret events and opportunities coming up this summer. Be the first to know by signing up for our esports newsletter, bookmarking our website, and following us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Questions? Email us at esports@mnsu.edu

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