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Mizzou Esports, MizzouRec team up to create virtual competitions

From the desk of Bill Stackman, vice chancellor for student affairs

Those of us who enjoy playing recreational sports have had a hard time of it during the pandemic. But a partnership between Mizzou Esports and MizzouRec is providing virtual competition opportunities for Mizzou students throughout the spring semester.

Jackson Vickers, a member of the Mizzou Esports Overwatch team, practices at the team's facility in Center Hall. Jackson Vickers, a member of the Mizzou Esports Overwatch team, practices at the team's facility in Center Hall. Note, this photo was taken prior to COVID-19.
Jackson Vickers, a member of the Mizzou Esports Overwatch team, practices at the team’s facility in Center Hall. Note, this photo was taken prior to COVID-19.

Kevin Reape, coach of Mizzou Esports, says that this collaboration is in line with MizzouRec’s mission is to is to be the best part of students’ Mizzou day and their first choice for fun, Reape said.

“Students familiar with RecSports know they are a great way to experience team building and camaraderie, and we wanted to expand the competitive nature of RecSports to gaming,” he said. “These virtual tournaments provide fun and competitive opportunities in popular games like Rocket League, NBA2k, chess, and more.”

The collaboration further serves those students who are already gamers. With thousands of students playing, streaming and competing, Mizzou Esports created a Discord server for students to meet and hang out. The program also supports varsity rosters for Overwatch, Rocket League and League of Legends, and supports club teams in Valorant, Rainbow Six Siege, and more.

Reape said gaming and virtual competition can help students’ cognitive abilities, motivation, and emotional and social aspects of their lives.

“Team-based communication, strategy and problem solving, and consistent preparation are all required to be successful in gaming, and it’s a win-win if students are able to explore these benefits together,” Reape said.

The rules for the tournament can be found at the tournament landing page. Students can register for future tournaments through IMLeagues.