CINCINNATI – Mount St. Joseph University has added esports as its 25th intercollegiate sport, Director of Athletics and Recreation Steve Radcliffe announced today. The Lions will begin competing in esports during the 2019-20 academic year.
The Mount has joined the National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE), which currently has 71 members that compete at the varsity level. Initially, the MSJ esports team will compete in League of Legends, which has a player base that is nearly 70 million strong. In the past three years, the League of Legends World Championships have drawn viewership numbers similar to that of The Masters, the NBA Finals, and the Stanley Cup Finals.
"We are excited to offer esports as an intercollegiate sport at the Mount," Radcliffe said. "With the rapid rise in popularity of esports, we believe this will be a fantastic opportunity to attract students to the Mount and increase the visibility of our University, both locally and abroad."
The MSJ esports players will compete in a brand-new gaming room to be constructed from existing facility space on the Mount's campus. Up to 10 $2,000 scholarships will be awarded to those on the Mount's esports team.
Dr. Christa Currie, who served as a lead action planner helping to bring esports to the Mount and who also chairs the Department of Chemistry, will serve as the interim head esports coach. A search is underway to find a permanent head coach for the esports team.
"We are extremely excited to get this process started, recruiting our first class of esports athletes at The Mount. Dr. Cynthia Veraldo and myself worked extremely hard to get esports approved as the newest Intercollegiate Sport here at The Mount." Said Dr. Currie. She went on to say, "We are thankful for Dr. Williams and the President's Cabinet for having the foresight to approve this venture, and we are proud that Mount St. Joseph University is now the home collegiate eSports in Cincinnati."
Prospective students interested in joining The Mount's esports team for the 2019-2020 academic year should contact Dr. Currie at 513-244-6414 or email@example.com.
WHAT IS ESPORTS?
Esports, also known as electronic sports, are a form of competition using organized, multiplayer video games. At an esports competition, gamers will battle against each other on a particular video game, with fans watching on screens, sometimes in large arenas or online. Competitive video game playing drew 258 million unique viewers globally last year, according to research firm SuperData.
WHAT IS NACE?
The National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE) is a nonprofit membership association organized by and on behalf of its member institutions. Together, members develop the structure and tools needed to advance collegiate esports in the varsity space. NACE membership is collaborating to lay the groundwork in areas such as: eligibility, path to graduation, and competition and scholarships. NACE is the only association of varsity esports programs at colleges and universities across the United States.
ABOUT THE MOUNT
Mount St. Joseph University is a Catholic institution grounded in the spiritual values and vision of its founders, the Sisters of Charity. Located on the west side of Cincinnati in Delhi Township, the Mount is dedicated to student success and well-being, emphasizing values, integrity, and social responsibility. The Mount was founded in 1920 as one of the only women's colleges in the eastern United States at the time. Today the University educates a diverse coeducational population of more than 2,000 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students. Nearly 99 percent of those who earn a degree from the Mount are employed, enrolled in graduate studies, or volunteering within six months of graduation.