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SUNY Canton eSports Selected to Participate in ECAC Exhibition at 2018 MAAC Fan Fest

Monday, February 26th, 2018

Six athletes make travel plans to compete in the college’s first eSports away game.

One of SUNY Canton’s eSports teams will be competing in the inaugural Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) eSports Invitational on Thursday, March 1, at the Albany Capital Center. The event will be held as part of the 2018 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Basketball Championships Fan Fest.

“SUNY Canton is thrilled to be participating in the ECAC’s first major eSports event,” said SUNY Canton Athletic Director Randy B. Sieminski. “This will be a great experience for our students to be involved in a first-class competition at a phenomenal venue surrounded by the added excitement of the NCAA Division I basketball conference playoffs. We can’t wait.”

Group photo of eSports League of Legends team

SUNY Canton eSports League of Legends Team – Six students will be representing the SUNY Canton eSports program during an ECAC exhibition match in Albany. Pictured are standing (l to r) Thomas J. Nagle of Rochester, Jaden J. Batista of New York and Juan-Arturo Nunez of Brooklyn. Seated are (l to r) Ryan J. Lee of Cape Charles, Va., Joe M. Canton of the Bronx, Devon D. Balasubramaniam of Goshen.

The exhibition is a day-long event designed to educate college sports and recreation administrators about the rapidly expanding intercollegiate eSports opportunities for their institutions. It will feature a series of panel discussions followed by a four-team eSports tournament on Riot Games’ League of Legends featuring ECAC and MAAC member schools.

SUNY Canton’s brand-new eSports program has a six-member League of Legends team, who recently recorded the Kangaroo’s first intercollegiate win in a videogame matchup. The Roos beat the University of Maine Farmington in a one-sided sweep.

“The biggest obstacle our students have overcome is working together as a team,” said SUNY Canton eSports Coach Robert J. Snow. “We have strong players. They’ve worked exceptionally hard on their communications and established a new group dynamic.”

The team has been playing in Riot Games’ University League of Legends competition and has posted two wins and four losses. Thursday’s match will kick off the ECAC season of League of Legends. The final lineup has yet to be determined, but the college may match-up against Canisius College, Siena College, or both.

“This team has really come together in the relatively short time we’ve been playing together, and I am confident we will make a strong showing Thursday,” said Joe M. Canton, the captain of the League of Legends Team who hails from the Bronx. “It’s a very exciting time to be a part of SUNY Canton’s new eSports program.”

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About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 13 online degree programs. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level and recently joined the North Atlantic Conference. The college is home to a new eSports program with teams playing competitive intercollegiate video games.

SUNY Canton eSports Preps for Livestream Hearthstone Match

Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

SUNY Canton’s new eSports Hearthstone team will be participating in its first live broadcast match-up against the University of Utah at 9 p.m. tonight (Tuesday, Feb. 20) on the PlayHearthstone channel on twitch.tv. To watch the match, visit www.twitch.tv/playhearthstone.

The channel has more than 89 million views. Similar college eSports matchups have drawn about 8,000 viewers, according to Robert J. Snow, SUNY Canton eSports coach.

A student playing Hearthstone

“Tonight’s match is going to be fantastic,” Snow said. “This is our first National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE) event. We’re honored to be one of the teams selected for this exposure. Streaming is going to be an important part of our program.”

The college’s three-member team has been preparing for an entire month and previously matched against the University of California-Berkeley during a non-streamed competition. Hearthstone is a strategy-based game involving an element of chance. The Kangaroos drew several cards in a less-than-probable scenario that led to their first loss.

“UC Berkeley used a transform card that had a one-in-twenty chance of being effective,” said Team Captain Brian A. Venard, a Sports Management major from East Setauket. “It worked.”

Venard said they’ve changed a class in their lineup and are excited to compete in tonight’s game. “The first-match jitters are over,” he said. “We’ve gotten a lot better at working together and communicating as a team.”

SUNY Canton Roos eSports are run through the college’s Athletic Department. The Hearthstone team competes through NACE, the most prominent nationally recognized organization dedicated to competitive collegiate video gaming. The college also has a League of Legends team and an Overwatch team.

The match will be broadcast by Tespa, a network that promotes gaming culture and hosts college eSports events and competitions.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 13 online degree programs. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level and are joining the North Atlantic Conference beginning in the 2018-19 academic year.

ESPN Highlights SUNY Canton’s Holistic Approach to eSports

Monday, December 18th, 2017

SUNY Canton was featured in an ESPN article for launching varsity eSports.

In early December, the college announced it would begin competing in League of Legends, Hearthstone and Overwatch nationally for the spring 2018 semester. SUNY Canton is the first college in New York to join the National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE) and plans to compete with about 40 other colleges and universities.

The #esports program at #SUNY Canton is a "full-campus press."

Following several mentions in the regional media, including the Watertown Daily Times and WWNYTV 7 News, the college was contacted by Sean P. Morrison, associate editor from ESPN eSports to discuss the budding program.

“From a residence hall that caters to eSports enthusiasts to a competitive space on campus and including its online students in potential rosters, SUNY Canton plans to take a holistic approach to incorporating gaming into the university,” Morrison wrote after conversations with SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran, eSports Coach Robert J. Snow and Overwatch Team Captain Emily A. Oeser.

“We want our online students to be totally integrated into the life of the college,” Szafran said during his interview. “eSports, in one sense, is a way of giving an applied thing to some of our academic programs. eSports is one way we’re going to move toward a plan of having athletics available to everybody, and eSports is a way we’re going to integrate online students into campus life.”

Many thanks for the first @NACeSports member from New York, @SUNYCantonNews, and its administration and team for speaking to me about their plans.

Snow explained that the teams would be ready to compete in the spring, with tryouts beginning early in the 2018 semester. The college is also building a new eSports room equipped with state-of-the-art computers. “The leadership at this school, the president, the vice presidents, are behind it 110 percent,” Snow said.

The article also featured a photo of Oeser, who is one of more than a dozen students to champion eSports on campus.

“The Canajoharie, New York, native came to SUNY Canton and was a [Liberal Arts] general studies major,” Morrison wrote. “Then, the eSports opportunity came up, and with it several new majors at SUNY Canton that complement the program well, including majors in Cybersecurity, Technological Communications and Graphic and Multimedia design. Oeser expressed her interest in eSports and took a shot on another one of the new majors: Game Design and Development.”

Coinciding with the interview, the State University of New York also featured the college’s new Game Design and Development program, which is the academic program that most closely related to competitive gaming.

Morrison’s complete article is available on ESPN’s esports page.

SUNY Canton Announces Varsity eSports Program

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

SUNY Canton eSports LogoSUNY Canton announced today the college will begin competing nationally in eSports this spring. The college will become the first New York State eSports team to join the National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE), the most prominent nationally recognized organization dedicated to competitive collegiate video gaming.

“Similar to traditional athletics, eSports will provide our students with new and enhanced opportunities for competitive excellence, academic achievement, and commitment to community and service,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “Membership on a varsity collegiate sports team is an extremely rewarding experience, so being able to expand those opportunities, including to online students, combined with the type of high achievers we will attract, makes this a fantastic addition to our college.”

Plans for the eSports team include specialized computer stations for practice and competition located in a newly designed gaming area in Nevaldine Hall. Additionally, the college plans to develop an eSports wing in a residence hall with a gaming computer area adjacent to student’s rooms. The eSports wing would be similar to the college’s current Pet Friendly wing where academic interests and lifestyles intersect with themed residential living.

A student sits behind dual computer screens.

SUNY Canton Game Design and Development major and eSports athlete Emily A. Oeser of Canajoharie in the college’s Digital Studio and Game Lab.

“The timing of our eSports program corresponds perfectly with our newly announced majors in Game Design and Development, Technological Communication, Cybersecurity and Graphic and Multimedia Design,” said Michael J. Newtown, Dean of the Canino School of Engineering Technology. “Being able to offer opportunities in eSports will undoubtedly assist in recruiting efforts to attract top students to a wide variety of majors. We are also looking forward to extending these opportunities to online students, so they can become more involved in eSports and athletics.”

As a spectator event, eSports is experiencing unparalleled growth in popularity.  According to Newzoo, a market research firm specializing in digital gaming, 22 percent of American male millennials watch eSports, which is essentially on par with viewership numbers for baseball and hockey. Women are also increasingly becoming interested in gaming: statistics indicate 38 percent of eSports fans are female.

President Szafran envisions three types of competitive teams at SUNY Canton: traditional varsity athletics, eSports and A-Sports. A-Sports stands for Academic Sports and would include teams like the school’s Steel Bridge Team, which competes in bridge building competitions regionally and nationally each year.

“Students on teams generally experience more academic success, are more likely to graduate and have more satisfying college experiences,” said Szafran, who points out current student-athlete grade point averages tend to be higher than non-student-athletes. “We continue to look for more and more opportunities like this to promote the education and development of our students, build school pride, and develop leadership, sportsmanship and character-building.”

eSports teams are already forming on campus to compete in games such as “League of Legends,” “HearthStone” and “Overwatch.” Those three games are organized and supported by NACE. SUNY Canton is also among a sizable group of colleges and universities working with the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) to form leagues and competitions in competitive games such as EA Sports titles “FIFA” and “Madden NFL.” ECAC competition may also begin as soon as this spring.

“Prior to any official announcement, we already had more than 40 students on campus express interest in joining the eSports program,” said eSports Head Coach Robert J. Snow, who is an Instructional Support Assistant in the Canino School of Engineering Technology. “I’ve also met numerous prospective students at admissions open houses who are ready to commit to SUNY Canton because of our new eSports program.”

First-year student Emily A. Oeser from Canajoharie has decided to pursue a degree in Game Design and Development while joining the eSports team. She has helped organize current students and looks forward to competing at the varsity level.

“After originally considering a musical career, I’ve decided instead to enroll in the Game Design and Development major,” said Oeser. “Being able to represent SUNY Canton and compete against other schools will be a fantastic experience. I can’t wait.”

Current and prospective students who are interested in learning more about joining SUNY Canton’s eSports program should contact eSports Head Coach Rob Snow (snow117@canton.edu, 315-742-7806.)

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About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 13 exclusively online degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level and are joining the North Atlantic Conference beginning in the 2018-19 academic year.