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SUNY Canton Joins Extreme Networks Esports & Education Summit, Oct. 3

Sunday, September 29th, 2019

An upcoming Syracuse-based seminar promotes success with school esports programs.

SUNY Canton officials will be among the experts to present at Extreme Network’s Esports and Education Summit held from 9 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3 at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown Hotel. 

The day-long seminar is designed for educators who want to learn about the numerous benefits an esports program can bring to a college or high school setting. The event is free, but registration is required by signing up at Extreme’s website

SUNY Canton esports athletes participate in Extreme Connect 2019 conference.

SUNY Canton unveiled its esports program in Spring 2018 with 14 students playing on three teams. As of Fall 2019, it attracted more than 100 students playing in eight games. The program inspired the creation of a tournament style esports arena, with high-speed low-latency internet connections provided by Extreme Networks.

“We’re committed to using emerging technologies to deliver next-generation education and entertainment experiences to engage our student body,” said Kyle Brown, assistant vice president and chief Information officer. “We were the first SUNY college to offer varsity esports in 2018 and have built one of the largest, dedicated digital esports arenas in the northeast. Extreme has been a great partner in our esports journey.” 

The college also partnered with Alienware to secure high-end Area 51 gaming machines to equip the space. It has since joined with Mountain Dew Game Fuel for an additional partnership. Representatives from both companies will be attending the seminar alongside management from the Eastern College Athletic Association (ECAC), which is the pre-eminent governing body in college athletics offering intercollegiate videogame competition.  

“SUNY Canton has established itself as a leader in esports,” said Randy B. Sieminski, director of athletics and seminar presenter. “We wouldn’t be where we are today without the full support of our administration and the SUNY Canton community coupled with the buy in from our professional partners.” 

According to a recent global esports survey, 71% of schools are considering or might consider adding an esports program in the future. These programs are network-intensive, requiring high performance gaming workstations, audio communication among teammates, video capture and connection to broadcast sites such as Twitch and YouTube. In a competition setting, every millisecond counts so networks must deliver high performance connections to ensure the best, most competitive game environment.  

“Esports is gaining mainstream popularity, and schools are increasingly searching for and investing in digital programs that will attract and retain the next generation of students,” said Bob Nilsson, Extreme Networks director of vertical solutions marketing. “This creates an explosive market with an entirely new ecosystem of producers, sponsors, suppliers, players, audiences, and venues.”

In addition to highlighting the technology driving esports, discussions will include getting an esports program off of the ground; how esports enhances educational options; blending on-campus and online student life; and the overall benefits of a program in an academic setting. Much of the funding used to launch the program was provided by a SUNY Performance Investment Fund Grant. 

“Esports supports and naturally connects with so many of our academic majors such as Game Design and Development, Cybersecurity, Graphic and Multimedia Design, Technological Communications and many others, including our engineering and STEM offerings,” said Molly A. Mott, SUNY Canton associate provost and dean of academic support services. “It’s also been shown that engaged students are more successful with higher retention and graduation rates. Esports helps us improve on those goals in addition to offering opportunities for our large percentage of online students to participate in a collegiate athletic program.”

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 digital design, engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. As SUNY’s leader in online education, SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 18 online degree programs. The college placed first in 14 categories in a SUNY-Wide Student Opinion Survey, most notably in career services, tutoring, library resources, and classroom facilities. The college’s 15 traditional athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference. SUNY Canton also offers varsity esports and cheerleading. 

SUNY Canton Esports Adds ‘Rainbow Six Siege’ and ‘Rocket League’ for Fall 2019

Monday, August 5th, 2019

The college anticipates 70 new esports students competing in eight games during the next semester.

SUNY Canton will be adding two new teams to its esports lineup for the Fall 2019 semester.

Esports Coordinator Charles Murray said the college received significant student interest for developing squads in “Rocket League” by Psyonix and “Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege” by Ubisoft.

A student plays in the new eSports Arena

“Rocket League is a wildly popular soccer-style game played with rocket-powered cars,” Murray said. “Rainbow Six Siege is a more tactical first-person shooter video game that relies heavily on teamwork and solid communication. Both games are tremendously fun.”

Rocket League

Students will play Rocket League as part of the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) which has more than 50 member schools. The Rainbow Six Siege team will play in the Collegiate R6 conference.

SUNY Canton esports launched in Spring 2018 with approximately 17 students actively playing in three games: “Overwatch” and “Hearthstone” by Blizzard; and “League of Legends” by Riot Games. The following semester, esports adopted “Fortnite” by Epic Games and “FIFA” by EA Games. In Spring 2019, the program added “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate” by Nintendo.

Rainbow Six Siege

Approximately 50 students participated in esports last semester.

“We’re anticipating about 100 new gamers in Fall 2019,” Murray said. “We will be expanding team sections to accommodate the influx of students.”

Game Design and Development continues to grow alongside of eSports and has become the fastest growing major at the college. In 2018, 78 full-time students enrolled in the program. This year, 114 new students have made a deposit to secure their spot and are anticipated to start in fall.

“SUNY Canton has established itself as a leader in esports,” said Director of Athletics Randy B. Sieminski. “In addition to adding new games, our next steps will include adding more all-women’s teams, and creating new academic programs to prepare students for the competitive video gaming industry.”

Open tryouts for students will be held at the beginning of the fall semester. Online students should contact Murray at murrayc@canton.edu for participation information.

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 digital design, engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. As SUNY’s leader in online education, SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 18 online degree programs. The college placed first in 14 categories in a SUNY-Wide Student Opinion Survey, most notably in career services, tutoring, library resources, and classroom facilities. The college’s 15 traditional athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference. SUNY Canton also offers varsity esports and cheerleading.

SUNY Canton Lowers Prices on Esports Camps

Monday, June 10th, 2019

Roster spots for SUNY Canton’s first ever eSports camps are beginning to fill up. Just two weeks after the initial announcement, the college has filled nearly half of its offerings in the summer day camps for middle and high school students.

“We made some adjustments to the pricing and schedule, and people are responding well to the opportunities,” said Charles W. Murray, esports coordinator. “All levels of gamers, from casual to varsity hopefuls, are welcome.”

Cost per week is now $250 per student, with a $25 rate reduction for groups of two or more. 

Overwatch players compete in the new eSports Arena.

Camps run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Fridays beginning July 8 in the college’s state-of-the-art esports arena. Gameplay in this facility is typically reserved for varsity collegiate matches and has been opened exclusively during the summer for the camp sessions.

“We’re hoping to reach as many younger gamers as we can through our summer outreach,” said Charles W. Murray, esports coordinator. “In addition to our 24 high-end competition Alienware computers, we have a slew of Xbox One X, PlayStation Pro, and Nintendo Switch consoles for everyone to try out. Students will be amazed with the equipment and the experience.”

Murray will be providing coaching in Blizzard’s “Overwatch” and Epic Games’ “Fortnite.” Other members of the college’s teams will also be on hand to facilitate quality game play. Other SUNY Canton teams include Riot’s “League of Legends,” EA Games’ “FIFA,” and Nintendo’s “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate,” among others. Campers will be able to play all of these titles, and even participate in competitive quests in Mojang’s “Minecraft.”

SUNY Canton esports camps are designed for gamers entering grade six and up. Lunch will be provided daily. Each session concludes with an awards ceremony. To sign up and for payment details, please visit www.canton.edu/esports/registration.html. For more information, email Murray at murrayc@canton.edu.

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 digital design, engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. As SUNY’s leader in online education, SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 19 online degree programs. The college placed first in 14 categories in a SUNY-Wide Student Opinion Survey, most notably in career services, tutoring, library resources, and classroom facilities. The college’s 15 traditional athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference. SUNY Canton also offers varsity esports and cheerleading.

SUNY Canton Esports Program Featured on ABC’s ‘Nightline’

Monday, March 25th, 2019

The college’s growing varsity esports program was highlighted in a recent episode of ABC’s evening news show “Nightline.”

The segment explores the rise in popularity of collegiate competitive gaming and features SUNY Canton as a leader in the field. It includes interviews with sophomore and “Overwatch” team captain Emily A. Oeser and Athletic Director Randy B. Sieminski. 

It chronicles Oeser’s story to forgo a career in music to enroll in the Game Design and Development program and be one of the first female students to join the college’s esports team. 

ABC News Nightline

“Being a woman in esports is very daunting,” she said. “You have to really establish yourself; gaining the trust of your players is just a tad bit harder.”

Oeser and her five teammates are the 2018 “Overwatch” ECAC Champions

SUNY Canton Adds Full Time Esports Coordinator

Friday, February 22nd, 2019

SUNY Canton has hired a full-time esports coordinator to help continue its extraordinary growth in competitive video games. 

The college’s Athletic Director Randy B. Sieminski announced Charles Murray III will lead the Kangaroos esports program on a full-time basis. Head Coach Robert J. Snow will also be continuing to add leadership in his part-time role. 

Charles Murray sits in SUNY Canton's eSports Arena

“Our esports program continues to grow and expand remarkably fast,” said Sieminski. “Our biggest challenge has been keeping up with the incredible popularity of the program. We now have nearly 50 esports competitors, and we’re discussing adding at least one more team this spring. We’re excited to have someone with Charles’ coaching experience and teaching background join us so SUNY Canton can continue to be a national leader in collegiate gaming.”

Murray comes to SUNY Canton from the Ellenville Central School District where he served as an esports coach at Ulster BOCES and taught in the district’s Media Center. He also taught global studies for a year in the New Paltz Central School District. He is a grandmaster ranked “Overwatch” player and now oversees the college’s team. 

Charles Murray looks on as one of his players games.

“It’s a thrill to be joining such an accomplished, successful program,” said Murray. “SUNY Canton’s entire executive leadership team, particularly President Zvi Szafran, has demonstrated such dedication and support for our gamers. Coach Rob Snow and others have made SUNY Canton’s teams top competitors. I look forward to building on our successes.”

Murray earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from SUNY Potsdam. 

This fall, SUNY Canton esports captured Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) championships in both “Overwatch” and “FIFA.” The program also features teams competing in “League of Legends,” “Fortnite” and “Hearthstone.” Most recently, the college added Nintendo’s “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate” to its lineup of ECAC games. 

The funding for Murray’s full-time position comes from a SUNY Performance Investment Fund Grant obtained by the school’s Associate Provost and Dean of Academic Support Services Molly A. Mott.

“Esports supports and naturally connects with so many of our academic majors such as Game Design and Development, Cybersecurity, Graphic and Multimedia Design, Technological Communications and many others, including our engineering and STEM offerings,” said Mott. “It’s also been shown that engaged students are more successful with higher retention and graduation rates. Esports helps us improve on those goals in addition to offering opportunities for our large percentage of online students to participate in college athletics.”

SUNY Canton esports has been extensively featured in regional and national news media, including ESPN, the Washington Post, the Syracuse Post-Standard, the Watertown Daily Times, WWNY-TV in Watertown and television stations in Buffalo, Syracuse and Albany. 

“SUNY Canton’s students have been a powerful driving force moving the program forward,” added Murray. “Our skilled and talented competitors strive to compete and win. I can’t wait for even more success and championship titles. We will continue to recruit top students from around the nation.” 

Murray now oversees the college’s new Esports Arena, which has 25 high-end Alienware computers, Xbox One X units, Sony PlayStation Pro consoles and brand-new Nintendo Switches. 

High-speed low-latency networking for the space is provided by Extreme Networks, the college’s partner in competitive gaming. 

“Esports provides our students with nearly all the benefits of traditional athletics,” said Sieminski. “It gives our competitors opportunities to learn leadership, sportsmanship, teamwork, social responsibilities and so much more. These are things that will make them more well-rounded and desirable for prospective employers after graduation.”

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 digital design, engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. As SUNY’s leader in online education, SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 16 online degree programs. The college placed first in 14 categories in a SUNY-Wide Student Opinion Survey, most notably in career services, tutoring, library resources, and classroom facilities. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference. 

SUNY Canton Esports Set to Play Historic All-Women’s Match

Wednesday, December 5th, 2018

SUNY Canton has scheduled the very first all-female collegiate esports match against Stephens College, a women’s college in Columbia, Missouri.

The two colleges will face off in Blizzard’s Overwatch at 7 p.m. (Eastern Time), Thursday Dec. 6, with Canton’s team playing from the college’s Esports Arena in Nevaldine Hall. The event will be live-streamed at www.twitch.tv/sunycanton.

Emily Oeser plays Overwatch in the eSports Arena.

SUNY Canton is among the first colleges in the nation to recruit an all-women’s varsity esports team.

“Nationally and in the college ranks, the majority of eSports participants are young men,” said Head Esports Coach Robert J. Snow. “We’ve been fortunate to have the strong leadership of team captain Emily A. Oeser, who jumped at the chance to assemble an all-women’s team and ensure we were including our female competitors who wanted to compete in varsity esports.”

Upon creation of the team, Oeser and Snow began looking for other all-women’s collegiate teams to compete against. They discovered the Stephens College team and reached out to their head coach, Ernest Utterback to orchestrate a match. Stephens has played a successful season against more than a dozen traditional mixed-gender teams.

“The beautiful thing about esports is that women and men can compete equally against each other whether its coed or single gender teams,” Utterback said. “We are pleased to have the opportunity to compete against SUNY Canton as they seek to expand their offerings to more women.”

SUNY Canton’s Overwatch coed team, which includes members of the all-women’s team, recently won the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) championship after completing an undefeated season during conference play.

“Esports skills are based on teamwork, sound decision making, mental acuity, skills and reflexes,” said SUNY Canton Director of Athletics Randy B. Sieminski. “We are tremendously proud of all the success that our teams have had since their inception, and we’re pleased to be participating in this historic event featuring two all-women’s teams.”

All online matches are powered by Extreme Networks, the college’s partner in competitive gaming.

SUNY Canton Esports Wins ECAC Championships in FIFA and Overwatch

Tuesday, December 4th, 2018

The SUNY Canton Kangaroos have won two Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) championship titles in esports following games in both EA Sports’ FIFA and Blizzard’s Overwatch on Thursday, Nov. 29.

“These were terrific wins for our teams, and it was extraordinary to capture our first ECAC championships,” said SUNY Canton Director of Athletics Randy B. Sieminski. “Our esports programs have come a long way in just over a year, and there is a lot to be proud of. We feel we’re growing a great reputation for ourselves in the eSports college landscape.”

Students compete in the inaugural ECAC FIFA finals.

The college’s FIFA team includes four players from the school’s traditional men’s soccer team. The squad won four of five matches against Texas Wesleyan University, as a group of onlookers cheered on the team in the college’s Esports Arena. FIFA is played one-on-one in a soccer simulation where each player picks a professional team to play. Wins are determined by goals scored. SUNY Canton’s five match scores were 2-6, 2-1, 4-1, 3-1 and 1-0.

“One of the reasons we created our esports program was to give more students, including online students, the opportunity to compete and represent SUNY Canton,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “Our FIFA and Overwatch teams are perfect examples of this effort. They’ve exhibited championship caliber teamwork and skills.”

A students plays FIFA 19 while teammates and reporters look on.

Both the FIFA and Overwatch teams were undefeated during the ECAC season. The college’s Hearthstone and Fortnite teams are currently waiting to be seeded for post-season play. The college is also planning an all-women’s Overwatch exhibition match against Stephen’s College and recently held an Epic Games’ Fortnite tournament for its substantial population of online students.

The Overwatch match against esports rival Marist College was broadcast on the college’s Twitch Channel (www.twitch.tv/sunycanton) and attracted its own crowd of spectators. Overwatch is played with six team members working together in first-person action-based scenario. The team works as a collective to capture points that the other team is defending. The total points at the end of a match determine victory. Each match is played on a different map in a best-of-five match scenario.

A students plays Overwatch with his team in the eSports Arena.

SUNY Canton’s team was led by captain Emily A. Oeser, a Game Design and Development Major from Canajoharie. The six-person coed squad closed out a tied match on the first map with a victory and then easily swept the second map. Shane R. Girard, a Veterinary Technology student from Phoenix, earned the “Play of the Game” during the second match when he launched his character’s ultimate ability in midair, helping to eliminate an attack from Marist.

Marist rallied to overtake SUNY Canton on the third map, pushing it to a four-match game. In a hard-fought win, SUNY Canton secured the final points necessary to win the championship during the fourth match.

The SUNY Canton Overwatch team poses for a photo after their ECAC championship win.

“The extraordinary win is the result of long hours of dedicated practice,” said Head Esports Coach Robert J. Snow. “Our success in the ECAC was determined by strong student leadership and exceptional teamwork. Our students were able to coordinate their strategies and work together as a team to earn their exceptional win.”

All SUNY Canton esports matches are played on state-of-the-art computers in the college’s new Esports Arena. The high-speed networking infrastructure is provided by Extreme Networks, the college’s partner in competitive gaming.

 

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 digital design, engineering technology, health, management and public service. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. As SUNY’s leader in online education, SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 16 online degree programs. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference.

SUNY Canton Unveils New ‘eSports Arena’

Friday, August 24th, 2018

The college has partnered with Extreme Networks and Alienware to outfit a competitive gaming space.

SUNY Canton has opened the first collegiate esports arena in the State University of New York system. It is one of the largest dedicated gaming installations in the Northeast.

The 1,800 square-foot gaming room went online with the start of classes as the home for the college’s growing esports program. There will be a grand opening for the “eSports Arena” featuring competitive gameplay in October.

eSports athletes start gaming in the new eSports Arena

“Our arena is modeled after a professional gaming environment,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “The atmosphere and technology provide an overall immersive experience. It will give our students a competitive edge as they face off against rival college teams.”

“This space is one of a kind in SUNY,” said Kyle Brown, assistant vice president of information technology. “We’ve partnered with industry leader Extreme Networks to provide high-speed networking for the room and Alienware to equip the space with high-end Area 51 computers.”

Extreme’s Smart OmniEdge and Automated Campus solutions deliver high-speed WiFi, management and analytics capabilities so SUNY Canton can optimize network resources and troubleshoot on the fly, ensuring optimal performance.

A student plays League of Legends on a new Alienware Area 51 machine.

“Every millisecond counts during an esports game, and a robust network is a prerequisite when it comes to preventing potential performance issues, such as connectivity glitches or slow Internet connection,” said Bob Nilsson, director of vertical solutions at Extreme Networks. “By deploying our high-density, low-latency network solutions that are used by professional sports venues across the nation, SUNY Canton can ensure a seamless, stable connection whether practicing or in the heat of competition.”

With 25 high-end gaming rigs, SUNY Canton now has the largest installation of Alienware machines in New York state, according to company representatives.

Three students gather around an Alienware gaming computer in the new eSports Arena.

Each station is equipped with ergonomic gaming chairs, multicolored LED backlit mechanical keyboards and mice. The room itself has been retooled with indirect lighting, lockers for the students and a team meeting space that will double as a streaming station for live broadcasts. In addition to the high-end gaming computers, the college added stations with both Sony PS4 Pro and Microsoft Xbox One X consoles to add future gameplay options.

The room was funded through the SUNY Canton Provost’s Office to facilitate further growth in the programs closely related to esports. In addition to Game Design and Development, the college offers Cybersecurity, Graphic and Multimedia Design and Technological Communications.

League of Legends is played by a new eSports athlete.

“Academically speaking, the addition of esports enriches the student experience,” said Douglas M. Scheidt, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “It also adds more opportunities for our online students, who account for more than 25 percent of our overall population.”

SUNY Canton became the first SUNY College to offer varsity esports in December 2018. Teams play as members of the National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE), the most prominent nationally recognized organization dedicated to competitive collegiate video gaming. The college also orchestrates matches through the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Association (ECAC), in addition to University League of Legends (ULOL).

A student plays a game on the new PS4 Pro console.

“The new Roos eSports Arena is one of the top college competition spaces in the nation,” said Randy B. Sieminski, director of athletics. “By adding this space, SUNY Canton has shown its strong commitment toward our esports future. As a result, we will continue to see an increase in student recruitment, engagement and retention, mirroring our traditional athletic offerings.”

The college recently added both FIFA and Fortnite to its fall lineup. Other teams include Overwatch, League of Legends and Hearthstone.

To learn more about SUNY Canton’s eSports, please visit the eSports website.

 

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 15 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.

SUNY Canton Adds Fortnite and FIFA Esports Teams

Thursday, August 16th, 2018

SUNY Canton will add Epic Games’ wildly popular Fortnite Battle Royale and EA Sports’ FIFA to its growing lineup of varsity esports. The announcement follows the Eastern College Athletic Conference’s (ECAC) announcement formally sponsoring intercollegiate competition in both games.

The addition continues SUNY Canton’s string of firsts in the emerging field of esports as it becomes one of the very first schools with both Fortnite and FIFA collegiate teams.

SUNY Canton eSports Logo

“We’re proud to be among the nation’s first colleges to offer both Fortnite and FIFA,” said Randy B. Sieminski, SUNY Canton director of athletics. “We plan to begin competition this fall as we continue to grow our esports program and we’re happy to work closely with the ECAC the National Association of Collegiate Esports  (NACE) for competitions and tournaments.”

Fortnite is an extremely popular online game where players are dropped on an island and battle to be the last person standing. In collegiate competition, gamers play in teams and get points for the number of enemies they defeat and how long they survive.

Robert J. Snow, head coach for the college’s esports teams, said there will be open tryouts for the new team at 6 p.m., Friday, Aug. 31 in SUNY Canton’s new eSports Arena. SUNY Canton Online students are encouraged to participate from wherever they are enrolled and should contact Snow for tryout information.

Fortnite

“Fortnite has been the most asked about game among prospective students,” Snow said. “We will see a high level of competition right away to make the team, and we look forward to competing against other schools around the nation.”

FIFA is a two-versus-two soccer (football) simulation game with widespread appeal. It will be played on one of the console systems in the college’s new $500,000 gaming space in Nevaldine Hall. The eSports Arena features 24 competition-ready Alienware Area 51 computers and high-end peripherals. The college has partnered with Extreme Networks for high-speed connections to give its teams a competitive edge.

FIFA tryouts will be announced at a later date.

FIFA 19 Logo

Other teams play Blizzard’s Overwatch and Hearthstone, and Riot Games’ League of Legends. The college also has an all-women’s Overwatch team.

“SUNY Canton eSports offers many benefits similar to traditional athletics: teamwork, sportsmanship, leadership, school pride, competition and much more,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “At SUNY Canton, it also has a strong connection to several of our academic majors, such as Game Design and Development, Graphic and Multimedia Design, Technological Communications and Sports Management.”

SUNY Canton became the first SUNY college to offer varsity esports in December 2017. Teams play as members of the NACE, the most prominent nationally recognized organization dedicated to competitive collegiate video gaming. The college also orchestrates matches through the ECAC in addition to University League of Legends.

 

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.

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.”

SUNY Canton eSports Logo

 

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.