Northern Essex Community College’s Varsity eSports Expands to 7 Offerings This Fall

Northern Essex Community College Athletic Director Daniel M. Blair. (Courtesy photograph.)

Northern Essex Community College’s varsity esports program is expanding to seven game offerings beginning this fall.

Five game titles will be featured for PC play, while Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will continue on Switch and Madden will be added for PS4 play. FIFA is also expected to join the mix during the spring 2021 semester.

“We’re excited to be expanding our offerings in esports and increase participation and championship opportunities for students while at the same time returning to competition in other programs as well following the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Northern Essex Athletic Director Dan Blair.

Esports competition is open to students at the college who are enrolled full time in a minimum of 12 credits per semester.

The Knights esports program captured national championships in Rocket League and Super Smash Bros Ultimate during the spring 2020 semester.

For PC beginning this fall, the college will see the addition of CS:GO, Hearthstone and Rainbow Six: Siege join the existing titles Rocket League and Overwatch. Madden will be added as a fall semester game on the PS4 while FIFA is expected to be a spring semester game on the PS4 as well. Super Smash Bros Ultimate will continue on Switch with both singles and doubles competition.

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