As Indiana Tech eSports enters its second season, this is an exciting time in the history of the program and the university. Indiana Tech is taking its electronic sports initiative to a new level in the fall of 2017 as it will launch a varsity eSports program and begin offering students scholarships to compete in League of Legends and Hearthstone. Twelve to thirteen scholarships will be made available to the first recruiting class, and it is possible that more online games will be added in the future.
In ramping up its eSports program, Indiana Tech, a founding member of the National Association of Collegiate eSports (NAC eSports), hopes to become a top-tier Division I power. The university will have an opportunity to compete against university programs from Robert Morris, Pikeville, Ohio State, British Columbia, Georgia Tech and Texas A&M. Indiana Tech, has been a leader in the eSports environment; it is the first university in Indiana and one of the first universities in the nation to offer gaming scholarships. In addition, the school is creating a new eSports gaming arena on the second floor of Andorfer Commons. Tech currently has two CSL club teams that compete in Division II and Division III.
Indiana Tech fielded a club team during the first year of the eSports program and had a successful season of competition in the CSL (Collegiate StarLeague). Indiana Tech had 17 team members who practiced and competed on a daily basis with competitive matches being held on the weekends. The 17 members were divided up into two primary teams. Team Sword finished with an overall record of 10-4 and made it to the second round of the postseason tournament. Team Shield also had a great first season as it went 5-4 in the spring season and made it to the second round of the postseason tournament.
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Entering his third season as the e-Sport Coordinator, Kyle looks to build upon two successful seasons. Originally from Van Wert, Ohio, Kyle and his wife Jennifer now reside in Fort Wayne, Indiana. In his free time, Kyle enjoys playing softball, basketball, fishing and working on his new house. Kyle’s main efforts within the e-Sports program includes the monitoring of all day to day operations of the program. He is also a member of the competition council with new association called NAC eSports. This council’s main goal is to grow the association in terms of the number of schools, polices, scholarships, rules and much more. Another major part of his role will be the hiring process of a new head coach to help take Tech eSports to the next level. “Being able to be a part of such a new and growing eSports program is a dream come true for myself. We are now in the starting stages of taking our program to the next level as the school has made a large commitment to our program by offering scholarships for the 2017-2018 academic year. Construction is also due to take place in the near future as the school has seen the need to stay up to date from a facilities stand point for our future athletes.” While being a main leader of eSports on campus, Kyle is also a part of Student Life from within the Student Affairs division. He works very closely with students on a daily basis as he is the coordinator of the fitness center, intramurals, club sports, recreation center, open gym and orange out events.