By: Jonathan Lumpkin
They say Rome wasn’t built in a day, but more recently the flourishing E-Sports Club on campus seems to be an exception to this maxim. Despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the club has grown considerably since last fall.
Back in September of 2019, the club was not very active. It had zero competitive teams, little structure and it seemed unofficial. Joey Robertson, the club’s current president, was given leadership of the club along with a blank slate and almost no members last fall. Seeing the club’s need for leadership and experience Robertson has been able to make great progress as its president.
“[Before, the club was] a group of gamers that had an idea of what they wanted the club to be, but never knew what actions to take in that direction,” Robertson said.
Since Joey has competed in Call of Duty tournaments in the amateur league, he felt that he was qualified to build an E-Sports club, make it official and create competitive teams.
“In E-Sports, the vision of the club is different,” Robertson said. “Our ultimate goal is to be the best. Our goal is to get to the professional level together as a team. The competitive side of the club is not just to hang out, it is to get better together and win.” This determination is something that causes the E-Sports Club to be different from other campus clubs.
“The hardest part of building from the ground up is remembering not to stop when we hit a milestone as a club. We must keep pushing and striving to be the best,” Robertson said.
The club has clearly hit a few milestones since its overhaul, gaining a very big following and many people across campus joining as club participants. The E-Sports Club has six competitive teams, a constitution, a hierarchy and structure.
“If you love gaming, competing and making strong friendships, this is the club for you,” Robertson said.
If you are interested in joining, you can find E-Sports doing all three of these in The Block— the name of their headquarters, located in the basement of Moody Student Center past the bowling alley.