Esports to become a varsity sport at SCC

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Students at Southeast Community College will be able to play a new sport next fall: esports.

“It feels really good,” said Liberty Bixenmann, a member of the SCC Lincoln esports club. “A lot of the games that I want to compete in are part of that organization, and it offers a lot of new opportunities for us.”

This semester is the first time the school offered esports as a club activity at its Lincoln campus.

Esports is short for electronic sports, and students compete in many different video games.

Interest in the sport is growing both nationally and here in Nebraska.

SCC is transitioning its esports programs in Lincoln, Beatrice and Milford to a competitive varsity sport program for the 2023-24 school year.

“I really believe in gaming as a sport and as a hobby,” Bixenmann said. “It’s very fulfilling for me. You can find friends; it’s a social thing as well. And I think it would really enrich the lives of a lot of students on campus.”

Chris Cummins, the club sponsor, said esports provides many benefits to students.

“It gives the students an opportunity to work as a team,” he said. “There’s also a possibility for scholarships in the future and advancement to a four-year college.”

Bixenmann said esports is also one of the most diverse groups on campus since anyone can be a part of the team.

Already, the club has over 60 members who regularly game.

Cummins said esports can carry over into jobs in the future as well.

“The competitive side is important, but there are students who are interested in streaming or advertising or marketing,” he said. “These are all possibilities that we are looking to experience as a club.”

Cummins and Bixenmann agree that the transition to a sport will help gain recognition for esports at SCC.

Bixenmann said she hopes this will draw in more students.

“Gaming is a huge hobby of a lot of people who are in college,” she said. “It’s also a place for people to come and learn and to try out gaming if they haven’t. We have lots of resources and lots of games to play.”

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