SOCORRO – The New Mexico Tech Miners eSports league, currently in its second season, hosts a variety of options for both casual and serious gamers throughout the school year.
One of the fastest-growing sports, which includes a 14-year-old US Fortnite player winning $3,000,000 earlier this year, eSports is quickly becoming one of the most popular competitions around the globe.
Located on the top floor of the Gold building at the school, New Mexico Tech’s eSports room is a separate subnetwork of 13 custom-built computers, one of which is deemed the master and livestreams competitive gaming to the website www.twitch.tv. Every week, competitions for Rocket League, Rainbow Six, League of Legends, and Overwatch take place depending on student availability.
New Mexico Tech President Stephen Wells approached current eSports president Damien Banks, a junior studying mechanical engineering, with the idea of creating a league before the 2018-19 school year because of growing interest among students. The initial budget was $60,000.
“We try to organize times with other universities to figure out when and what our players can compete in and at what times,” Banks said. “This is possibly the largest club we have here at Tech, with more than 200 members and more than 40 competitive team contenders.”