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Blinn College esports program opens inaugural season with win

Posted at 10:50 AM, Sep 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-30 18:03:05-04

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.