HU introduces inaugural Varsity Esports Team at Media Day

Harrisburg University of Science and Technology introduced players of the University’s varsity esports team, The Storm, to members of the media, the community, and greater campus Thursday.

The 16 collegiate gamers from across North America arrived on campus July 31 to begin training as a team under the world-renowned leadership of Geoffrey Wang and Chad Smeltz. Since arriving, the varsity players have also familiarized themselves with their new academic home.

“I’m really excited to compete with my team and get to know the campus,” said Josh “Moss” Street, Boston native and League of Legends team member. “For me, it was a smart next step to come to HU, because it will afford me a chance to do something I love with esports and further my knowledge in the field of cybersecurity.”

Hundreds of esports players competed for a seat on the team but only 16 were selected. Before arriving at HU, each player had to advance through a series of rigorous rounds of tryouts, which were documented on HBO’s weekly TV show, VICE News.

As part of the varsity team, students receive full tuition scholarships and housing stipends, as well as leadership from world-ranked gamers. According to the Storm’s head coach, Geoff Wang, players were selected based on their skills and interest in pursuing higher education.

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