Above: Prospective eSports members conclude the first official team meeting with a group photo. This includes Jacob Belmore, eSports adviser, Aaron Kappelman, business senior, Sam Beck, business administration senior, JC Fuentes, communication senior, Jake Haertl, business sophomore, Troy Baker, business administration senior, Taylor Rodriguez, computer science junior, Michael Taylor, business junior, Tsena Morris, game design sophomore and Emily Berry, communication junior. On Saturday the eSports team will compete at the Wichita eSports Convention. (Taylor Rodriguez/Staff photographer)
By Shawn Morris
The eSports program will be participating in a large regional competition in Wichita on Saturday. All types of video games will be played at the tournament, but the eSports team will be competing in “Super Smash Bros” and “Mortal Kombat.”
The upcoming tournament is public, which means that anyone can sign up, including individuals as well as schools. Wichita State is hosting the tournament, so they will be competing, as well as Pratt Community College.
Jacob Belmore, assistant professor of computer science, was an adjunct faculty member last semester, and became the official eSports coordinator at the beginning of this semester.
Belmore said, “This competition is very important for the club because it will allow us to get an idea of where we are at, and learn our strengths and weaknesses.”
Last year, a few factors contributed to the eSports club becoming inactive, such as member focusing on other aspects of their lives. JC Fuentes, communication senior, is the president of the club and has been a member since the spring semester of his freshman year.
Fuentes said, “Jacob Belmore is a great advisor and coordinator because he is all about action. He was huge in making eSports active again by talking to administration, and organizing meetings and the tournament that we will play in this semester.”
While there is a tournament this weekend, Belmore is already planning for future tournaments. He has organized a tournament that will be hosted by Southwestern next year, as well as smaller tournaments in the Wichita area throughout this semester.
Belmore said, “I hope to turn the club into an official organization within the next year that can give out scholarships to those who will be participating on our team. I look forward to what the future holds for eSports here on campus.”