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Esports team competes in 2 new games

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Bobby Piepmeier
Transfer studies student Zach Schwartz, who plays for AACC’s esports team, practices his gaming skills in the esports lab.

AACC’s esports team added two new games this semester, and plans to begin streaming its competitions live.

The team added popular esports games Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Valorant this semester.

“We’ve already evolved the program, in a sense, because we brought on two more games,” Conway Johnson, the esports coach, said. “This is the first time we brought on additional titles, which has been a process of figuring out what’s in demand, and then figuring out how we can support it, how we get all the machines [and put in] the paperwork. … I really want to get our games actually broadcasted this semester as well.”

The esports team already competes in League of Legends, Overwatch and Rocket League.

Conway said the team hopes “to get the games broadcasted this semester as well” because it allows people to watch but “that means that I’m having to, like, kind of coach the match that’s happening while I’m also trying to run the broadcast equipment.”

Zac Pinales, a digital media production student who plays for the League of Legends team, said they’ve “grown a lot since, like, the first semester.” He encouraged people who want to join to reach out because “even though it is competitive, we are still playing a game so it’s supposed to be fun and the only thing we do is just get better as we’re playing.”

Evan Karcher, a transfer studies student who plays on the Smash Bros. team, said Conway “reviews” players and highlights aspects of their gameplay to improve. “Our coach will review them and give me advice on things that I need to improve on,” Karcher said. “And I improve on them and try to listen to them as best as I can. I’m getting better at that.”

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