With COVID-19 affecting sport participation across the world, Deakin students have turned their attention to an emerging sport that can be played from the home, Esports.
Esports is competitive video gaming and can be done by all levels of gamers. It comprises a wide variety of games, is viewed by over 500 million people worldwide and is a billion dollar industry. Throughout April and May, Deakin students have thrown themselves into the world of competitive gaming across an array of events.
The Deakin Dragons League of Legends team, in conjunction with the Deakin University E-Sports Association (DESA), finished 5th out of 31 universities in the Oceanic University Tournament conducted by UniSport Australia. The team competed over several weeks and achieved their highest result.
League of Legends is a team-based strategy game where two teams of five face off to destroy the other’s base. Players choose from over 140 characters to make plays, secure kills, and take down towers as they battle their way to victory.
Following on from the Deakin Dragon’s success, the 2020 DUSA Esports Tournament is currently being held with over 80 students competing from their homes across six game formats. The event comprises League of Legends, Rocket League, Overwatch, Smash Bros. Ultimate, League of Legends TFT, and NBA2K and is coordinated by student leaders from DESA and the DUSA Sport Ambassador Program.
The Rocket League event was won by Thomas Bourke and Germain Spriet that made up team ‘Slimey’, while the League of Legends event was won by ‘The Gargamels’ team. The other events are still underway as students continue to take the opportunity to a break from their studies to battle it out online.
The Deakin Esports Association (DESA) is a very active club within DUSA. The group was originally the League of Legends club at Deakin University and in 2016 started with 20 members. Fast forward to 2020, the Deakin Esport club now has over 260 members who competing regularly.
Guleid Abdullahi, from the club said that “we went for the name ‘Esport’ because the student body at Deakin didn’t just have a talented group of League of Legends players but talented players from CSGO to Smash to Overwatch. If there was a gaming tournament, there was someone in Deakin who could compete in it and as a club, who are passionate about the growth of Deakin talent, the name change surely was a necessity!”
DESA welcome all players from casual to competitive and hold weekly events where students play online or on campus. During these events, students can develop their skills as a player and meet new people. They also hold LAN events every trimester where many students gather for hours of gaming. Elite Esports maybe be exclusive to the top few but at DUSA everyone is welcome to play Esports.
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