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Marymount Adds ESports

For Fall 2019 Semester

ARLINGTON, Va. - Marymount University has officially announced the addition of an eSports team to the club scene in recreation. The creation of the team is a great opportunity for the students to take their passion in gaming and compete against regional and national Universities. 

For the inaugural season in the Fall 2019 semester, Marymount will form two teams, one for League of Legends and one for Overwatch. With the support of Marymount students, the hope is to expand to other competitions as well, in both consoles and PC. 

Leading the charge is Dr. Nathan Green, the team's coach as well as an Assistant Professor for IT, Data Science, and Cybersecurity. 

"I'm excited to help coach our eSports teams, as it provides a great opportunity for residential, commuter, undergraduate, and graduate students alike to grow and excel with Marymount," Green said. "The formation of Marymount's team will give players a chance to come out to a common space to game, play together, and learn to compete as a squad."

To help support the student's pursuit into the eSports industry academically, Marymount's Information Technology program will also be adding a Game Development and Design speciality to the degree in the Fall of 2019. 

ESports is a growing industry that brought in just shy of $1 billion in 2018 and a growing audience, with annual online viewership of around 380 million views. ESports has become much more than your average gaming LAN party. Twitch has become a major global content provider with its primary business in game streaming. While traditional media has seen a downturn for new generations, online viewership of gaming has grown. One channel for League of Legends has had over 12 million viewer hours. 

For those interested in participating in the eSports team, please contact Dr. Green (ngreen@marymount.edu). Marymount is looking for a diverse set of players with wide-ranging skills across games.