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Eagle E-Sports Tryouts Kick off Program Week of Nov. 18

Wed, 11/13/2019 - 08:29am | By: David Tisdale

University of Southern Mississippi (USM) students who enjoy Esports will have the opportunity to show their skills in their favorite online games when the school hosts tryouts for its Eagle Esports program the week of Nov. 18.

Eagle Esports is seeking students to field teams in Rainbow Six Siege; CS:GO; Overwatch; APEX Legends; League of Legends; Rocket League; and Fortnite. Establishment of teams will depend on available athletes and response.

“Esports is a unique, extracurricular opportunity in student life at Southern Miss,’ said Dr. Denny Bubrig, assistant vice president for student affairs at USM. “As we pursue a well-rounded approach for this program, students will have the opportunity to engage in the competitive teams, casual gaming opportunities, and more.

“We are also working on future collaborations with our academic partners on training, certifications, and other professional oriented opportunities. We hope to incorporate these in educating our students and providing opportunities to the greater community regarding the esports industry.

Students interested in trying out for the teams must submit an application at; have a video on Twitch or YouTube available for viewing in order to see online persona and interaction capabilities; and participate in a live tryout the week of Nov. 18-22, where judges will view in-person applicant interaction with a team. Tryouts will be personal computer (PC) based; participants are expected to bring their own device, and are encouraged to form their own team for the purposes of the tryout. The deadline for the first stage application is set for Nov. 18.

Announcements of teams is set for the week of Dec. 2-6. Shortly after the beginning of the spring 2019 semester, a signing event will be held for the new teams.

For more information, email esportsFREEMississippi.