The Blinn College esports team kicked off its inaugural season Monday, winning an Overwatch match with Brewton-Parker College of Georgia.
Blinn’s team of Jacob Barnes, Juan Cantu, Carter Haber, Andrew Magourik, Ayden Rodriguez, and Caleb Sheffield won the match 3-0.
“The team performed very well, only giving up one point across the three maps,” said esports Coach Aaron Kapiko.
Blinn is one of only a few community colleges in the region offering esports scholarships.
Monday’s match kicked off the National Association of College Esports (NACE) league play. In NACE competition, Blinn is matched against two-year colleges and four-year universities. Blinn also has NACE teams competing in Rocket League and Valorant.
Rocket League kicks off its season Tuesday, Sept. 29, with matches against Mid-America Christian University and Park University. The Valorant season begins Wednesday, Oct. 7.
Postseason play will begin in late November or early December. Teams will be seeded and placed in a single- or double-elimination playoff bracket, depending on the game.
“We’ve got some really strong teams,” said Kapiko. “It’s going to be a fun season.”
For more information, visit blinn.edu/esports.