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SUNY Canton Esports Offers Winter Day Camps

Tuesday, December 31st, 2019

SUNY Canton will be offering esports day-camp opportunities for area youth during the winter break.

Esports day camps run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 2 through Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020 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 winter break for the camp sessions.

“We’ve received tremendous interest in our program through our previous esports camps and open house events,” said Charles W. Murray, SUNY Canton esports coordinator and coach. “This is a great chance for our area youth to come play their favorite games as a team.”

Guests can play on one of the college’s 25 Alienware Area 51 gaming PCs or on PlayStation, Xbox or Nintendo Switch consoles.

Esports camps are designed for gamers in grade six and up. Guests will need to provide their own login credentials and lunches. The cost is $25 per student per day. For more information, email Murray at murrayc@canton.edu.

SUNY Canton Among First in U.S. to Launch Esports Management Degree

Tuesday, December 17th, 2019

SUNY Canton is launching an innovative new degree program that prepares students for an esports career. 

SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran announced the college has received final approval to offer a Bachelor of Business Administration in Esports Management beginning next fall. The degree is one of only a few of its kind in the nation, and it is the first in the SUNY system.

Student streamer Alec K. Knowles of Parishville prepares to broadcast a live match during the Extreme Connect Conference held April in Nashville, Tenn. Knowles is currently a Graphic and Multimedia Design major who is interested in transferring into the college’s new Esports Management degree.

“Esports is unquestionably one of the fastest-growing entertainment industries in the world, and it is expected to generate close to $1.8 billion in revenue by 2022,” said Szafran. “Its popularity offers unlimited job potential for graduates who understand the technology, culture and business of the game.”

The degree, which can be earned on-campus or online, will combine components of the college’s popular Game Design and Development program with fundamental skills from the School of Business and Liberal Arts’ management programs. Students will take courses in economics, accounting, communications, marketing, finance, media studies, business law, game design, and esports event management. An internship or capstone project is also required during the final semester.

“With the addition of this program, we now offer a 360-degree view of the gaming industry, along with our four-year Game Design and Development major and esports varsity teams,” Szafran added. “Our students have a one-of-a-kind opportunity to completely immerse themselves in the field as a competitor, organizer, publicist, team leader or commentator.”

SUNY Canton student Alec Knowles, a “League of Legends” esports competitor from Parishville, is interested in joining the new program. He is one of more than 85 students who compete in eight games in the college’s 1,800 square-foot state-of-the-art competition arena, built last year. 

“As a streamer and as a player, I can see the value of enrolling in a major that focuses on the business side of the industry so I can turn my passion into a career,” he said. 

Knowles has been a live match commentator at high-profile college competitions, including an exhibition at Extreme Network’s Connect Conference in Nashville. 

“This program will give students like Alec a well-rounded understanding of the gaming world,” said Dean of the School of Business and Liberal Arts Philip T. Neisser. “They will be learning from experts in game design, finance, technology, marketing and sports management so they can hit the ground running after graduation.”

New York state ranked second in the top ten states with the most esports jobs in 2018, according to the employment website, Hitmarkerjobs.com. Globally, esports jobs grew 185% in the first half of 2019. 

“Several organizations have already shown interest in serving as internship placement sites to give students the on-the-job training necessary to excel in this field,” Neisser said.

This highly anticipated major is expected to mirror the popularity of the new Game Design and Development program, which has seen a 70% enrollment increase in the past year.  

The new degree will be overseen by Curriculum Coordinator Nicholas C. Kocher, and the SUNY Canton Office of Admissions will begin accepting applications for Esports Management immediately. To apply, visit www.canton.edu/apply. For more information, call 1-800-388-7123 or email admissions@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 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. 

SK Gaming Helps SUNY Canton Esports Level Up the Game

Tuesday, December 17th, 2019

A Mountain Dew AMP Game Fuel student Instagram challenge brings German gamers to campus for an in-person visit.

Two professional League of Legends players and their manager from SK Gaming in Germany coached SUNY Canton’s esports students over the weekend. 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE – Steven Chen (pictured middle), a professional League of Legends player from SK Gaming in Germany, plays with members of SUNY Canton’s team during a campus visit on Saturday.

Last spring, SUNY Canton students entered an Instagram challenge to promote Mountain Dew’s newest release, AMP Game Fuel. The visit from SK Gaming was the grand prize for the competition.

“The students were awe-struck after meeting some of their heroes from the professional gaming world,” said Charles Murray, the college’s esports coordinator. “I believe their lessons and their poise will have a lasting impact on our teams.” 

ESPORTS WELCOME – Pictured (l to r) are Garrit Stukemeier, Alec Knowles of Parishville, Steven Chen, and Kasey Palmer of Verona. Knowles and Palmer presented SUNY Canton Esports Jerseys to Stukemeier and Chen who both play League of Legends professionally for SK Gaming during a campus visit sponsored by Mountain Dew AMP Game Fuel.

SUNY Canton currently has about a dozen students who play League of Legends competitively on two teams. The two players, Garrit Stukemeier (Phrenic) and Steven Chen (Reeker) each played on a team to scrimmage the other. Team manager René Spanier accompanied the teammates and discussed game strategy with college coaches. The visit was orchestrated by Mountain Dew AMP Game Fuel.

“We met dedicated players and great personalities, like ToastyTG [Alec Knowles], Joe [Canton], Kasey [Palmer] and many more,” Spanier said in a tweet. “Let’s stay in touch and maybe we can come around once more.”

Knowles, who is a Graphic and Multimedia Design major from Parishville, said the experience was amazing for the team. 

ABSOLUTE FOCUS – Garrit Stukemeier, a professional League of Legends gamer from SK Gaming in Germany plays demonstrates his abilities in SUNY Canton’s Esports Arena. Also pictured are students Kal-El Key (left) and Emily Oeser (right).

“Thank you so much for taking the time to come see us,” he said. “On behalf of the League team here at SUNY Canton, it means the world to us to see such talented players and staff.” 

Stukemeier said that despite being a world-recognized professional player, his position on the team is much like any other job, but with different hours. In addition to playing video games 8 to 10 hours a day, players work out three times a week, and meet with a sports psychologist to help them improve their performance. 

Both Stukemeier and Chen were impressed with the college’s $500,000 Esports Arena, which features state-of-the art Alienware computers with high-speed, low-latency internet connections provided by Extreme Networks.

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 Holds Inaugural Women in Esports Open House, Dec. 6

Thursday, December 5th, 2019

A women-only event at the college’s Esports Arena will promote competitive video gaming.

SUNY Canton eSports Logo

SUNY Canton will be holding a Women in eSports, or WeSports, Open House from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, in the SUNY Canton Esports Arena in Nevaldine Hall South 133. The event is free and is exclusively offered to females of all ages. 

“We hope to encourage women to take part in esports by showcasing our incredible facilities,” said Courtney B. Bish, vice president for student affairs and dean of students. “The demographics for competitive gaming show a large discrepancy in participation between men and women. We are offering an opportunity for both serious women gamers and beginners to come and enjoy themselves in a welcoming atmosphere.” 

Emily Oeser plays Overwatch in the eSports Arena.

SUNY Canton offers coed competition in eight games through the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC), with about a dozen female students currently participating in the program. The majority of those students will be attending the event to assist beginners, offer advice and play alongside guests. 

Game Design and Development major Emily A. Oeser, the captain of the “Overwatch” team, has helped the college grow female participation in the program. She helped lead the team to an ECAC Championship title in 2018 and a second-place finish in 2019. Oeser also orchestrated the first recorded collegiate all-women’s Overwatch match against Stephens College in Columbia, Mo. 

“It’s fantastic the college is providing time in our arena exclusively for women at an event hosted by women,” she said. “We’re looking forward to introducing others to the games we love and our state-of-the-art arena.”

Oeser will be joined by other female captains, including Kasey L. Palmer who plays “League of Legends”, and Madison E. Cragle who plays “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.” Both students are enrolled in the college’s Veterinary Science Technology programs. 

A student plays in the new eSports Arena

Guests will be able to play on one of the 25 dedicated Alienware Area 51 computers, on PlayStation Pro, Xbox 1X, or Nintendo Switch consoles. Funding for the program and its equipment was provided through a SUNY Performance Investment Fund grant designed to increase opportunities for online students. 

“We’re also sending a special invitation to our female online students who may want to join us virtually,” said Molly A. Mott, associate provost and dean of academic support services. “We hope to reach an even wider group of students in support of our inclusivity mission, and we’d like to hold more WeSports events in the future. We’re looking forward to seeing community members, college staff and students, and high school and middle school students as well.” 

Parking is available adjacent to Nevaldine Hall or in Lot 1. For more information, contact the Office of Public Relations at (315) 386-7526.

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 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.

Corning Community College Partners with SUNY Canton for Game Design

Wednesday, June 5th, 2019

SUNY Corning Community College and SUNY Canton have implemented a “1+3” program in Game Design.

Students who complete the first year of the program at SUNY CCC and meet the appropriate academic requirements will be accepted into the Game Design and Development bachelor’s degree program at SUNY Canton.

“SUNY CCC is committed to helping students realize their professional goals,” said SUNY CCC Provost L. Dean Fisher, Ph.D. “Partnerships including the 1+3 program in Game Design with SUNY Canton pave a guided and smooth path for students who come to us with a vision in mind for the future. It also strengthens our suite of academic options.”

Corning and Canton logos

Students transferring under this agreement into SUNY Canton will be provided with a projected outline of their individual requirements for the bachelor’s degree. This effort will help provide students with academic advisement and career planning throughout their program of study.

“Partnering with SUNY CCC benefits both colleges tremendously,” said Associate Provost and Dean of Academic Support Services Molly A. Mott, Ph.D. “Joint programmatic offerings fit well within our mission and match the State University of New York’s laddering initiatives. Students can start at one college and seamlessly continue at another with a clear career goal in mind.”

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

New students will be required to enroll in designated courses identified for the first year of the Game Design curriculum. During the following three years students can begin taking Computer Logic, Fundamentals of Game Design, and Intro to Programming. SUNY Canton’s program is overseen by Assistant Professor Ryan S. Hewer, the owner and lead developer for Little Red Dog Games.

SUNY Canton also has a thriving varsity esports program, which attracts numerous Game Design and Development students. Gamers can tryout to play for one of the college’s six teams, which include Blizzard’s “Overwatch,” Riot Games’ “League of Legends,” Epic Games’ “Fortnite,” among other popular titles.

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 Teams Prep for First ‘Home’ Exhibition After ECAC Tournament

Friday, April 5th, 2019

Three teams are set to play in a home exhibition match against Alfred State sponsored by Mountain Dew Game Fuel, April 5.

The SUNY Canton “Overwatch” team placed second during the Eastern College Athletic Conference Esports (ECAC) Championships at HV Gamer Con. Two of the teams’ players picked up all tournament honors during matches, held Sunday, March 29 at the Capital Center in Albany.

My V. Dang, a Game Design and Development major from Syracuse, and Alexander DeLavergne, an undeclared major from Heuvelton, both received awards for their gameplay during the tournament. The team crushed competition in elimination rounds before falling to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in the championship match.

My Dang and Alexander DeLavergne hold their All Tournament awards.
Pictured are (l to r) My V. Dang, a Game Design and Development major from Syracuse, and Alexander DeLavergne, an undeclared major from Heuvelton, holding their Eastern College Athletic Conference plaques. The teammates play on SUNY Canton’s “Overwatch” as part of the college’s competitive esports program.

“HV Gamer Con presented a new level of accomplishment for our team,” said Charles W. Murray III, SUNY Canton esports coordinator and Overwatch coach. “Our most defining match was played in the finals when we toppled Drew University before advancing to face RPI.”

The team had posted a 6-0 record during the regular season and were seeded second going into the tournament. Their loss was the team’s first recorded defeat in ECAC play.

SUNY Canton’s “League of Legends” and “Fortnite” teams also competed at the event but came up short during quarter final matches. The “League of Legends” team finished 3-3 prior to the championship, and the “Fortnite” team closed out a 7-2 season.

The “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate,” “FIFA,” and “Hearthstone” teams are still looking to finish their regular seasons strong.

Game Fuel Showcase Event

Although the majority of ECAC play is drawing to a close, the Roos esports teams are far from done playing. Mountain Dew Game Fuel has sponsored a series of exhibition matches against Alfred State beginning at 5 p.m. Friday, April 5, in the SUNY Canton eSports Arena. The vast majority of eSports matches take place online, so this event marks the first time the college has hosted a live home game.

The college has recently partnered with Mountain Dew Game Fuel, which has rapidly become the preferred drink among SUNY Canton gamers. The company has provided drinks and branded merchandise to be used in the esports program and for prizes.

Other partnerships include a campus-wide connection with Extreme Networks, who provides the high-speed low latency connections for competitive video games.

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 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