Can you tell us a bit about how this club got started?
The club started in 2018 by a group of three students (including me!) who were just passionate about competing in esports, and saw there was no official outlet on campus.
We’ve since grown to a fluctuating member base of 50-150 students.
What is the purpose of the club?
Our mission statement has always been to create a positive and inclusive environment for students who may not have any other place on campus.
Our main purpose is to compete in national college tournaments such as NACE, but we are also a place for people to get together for casual gaming.
When and where do you meet?
We normally have one official in-person meeting per year to get membership numbers and elect our student officers. This normally takes place on the second floor of Iowa Hall. The rest of the year we do some one-off events, such as a Halloween get together where we dress in spooky costumes and play spooky games!
The rest of the time, all communication and meetings happen in our Discord channel – we are an extremely online club. This Saturday we’re starting up a regular Minecraft game night there.
What are some of the benefits of joining?
There are many! The main one is being able to connect with people in your same interest group. This could be gaming in general, but more often it’s specific subgenres or games. We’ve had many teams that have stayed friends even after they’re done competing!
Another benefit is competing itself – a lot of students never get the chance to participate in esports, and we hope to give them that experience.
How can students join?
Students can always reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or join our discord at www.discord.gg/kirkwoodesports
Who are members of the leadership?
The leadership right now consists of one advisor (me), our President (John) and Vice President (Kaitlyn)
Is there anything you would like to add?
Only that if you’re afraid to compete, still consider joining! We have all kinds of people from all walks of life that enjoy different aspects of gaming. Or, even if you aren’t a gamer, there are opportunities to do marketing/social media, broadcasting, Discord moderation, and more!
Information provided by Club Advisor Quentin Kilborn.
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