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Varsity Esports Program


Becker College’s Varsity Esports Program, the first in New England, is focused on building community through championship-driven teams.

Varsity student-athletes have access to state-of-the-art equipment, services and facilities, a vibrant, inclusive and games-oriented campus, as well as experienced coaches and staff.

The college offers limited scholarships for League of Legends and Overwatch. Scholarships, averaging between $500-$1,000 per year, may be awarded to select student-athletes based on criteria such as academics, ability, communication skills, fit and role.

As a result of NECC’s sponsorship of esports in the fall of 2020, the Varsity Esports Program also supports club teams in Madden, Rocket League and Valorant.*

For more information about the Varsity Esports Program, please inquire here, or send an email to – or complete an application indicating an interest in esports.

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Becker’s Varsity Esports Program, an original NECC esports member, works closely with the college’s student-led esports club. The club, also a (former) Tespa chapter**, supports a number of games including Overwatch, Hearthstone, League of Legends, Valorant, Rocket League, Madden, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Halo among others. The Varsity Esports Program also works with the college’s student-led gaming tournaments club which primarily plays Super Smash Bros.

For information about the esports club, please follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Twitch or Discord. And, for information on the gaming tournaments club, please follow them on Facebook. For general information about campus clubs, please visit Campus Life.

Beyond play

Students interested in esports management, marketing, event and tournament planning, community, business development, production, broadcasting, streaming and content creation are also welcome to explore the college’s first-in-the-nation degree program in Esports Management as well as its new degree program in Content Creation & Emerging Media. Additionally, students interested game design and development are welcome to explore the college’s highly-ranked Interactive Media Design degree program.

What we play

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Who we are

League of Legends roster – Winter/Spring 2021

Blue team

  • TBD

White team

  • TBD

Overwatch roster – Winter/Spring 2021

Blue team

  • TBD

Madden roster – Fall 2020 NECC Special

Blue team

  • TBD

Rocket League roster – Fall 2020 NECC Special

Blue team

  • TBD

Valorant roster – Fall 2020 NECC Special

Blue team

  • TB

Coaches & Staff

  • Timothy Loew, varsity esports program general manager, esports club advisor and executive director of the Massachusetts Digital Games Institute (MassDiGI)
  • Nicholas “Shifty” Travis, varsity esports program assistant general manager and head coach – Overwatch
  • Brandon “Zagreus” Stempler, head coach – League of Legends
  • Donald Desrochers, varsity esports program academic coordinator, program director for interactive media design studios and camps and graphic design instructor
  • Other coaching provided by Gamer Sensei


  • Independent, NECC, (former) Tespa**

Current & upcoming competitions

  • Winter/Spring 2021 – CLOL, NECC, (former) Tespa*

Past competitions

  • Fall 2020 NECC, Tespa – OW Blue, LoL Blue, Club (Valorant, Rocket League & Madden 21)*
  • Spring 2020 Boston Uprising Collegiate Cup – OW Blue, OW Talon
  • Spring 2020 AVGL Collegiate League of Legends Invitational – LoL Blue/White
  • Spring 2020 Becker College Overwatch Invitational Tournament – OW Blue with Emerson, Murray St. & UMass Amherst
  • Spring 2020 CLOL – LoL Blue
  • Spring 2020 CSL – Open League, LoL White
  • Spring 2020 Tespa Overwatch Collegiate Championship: Varsity League/Regional League/National League – OW BlueFall 2019 CSL Preseason CLoL Tournament – LoL Blue, LoL White
  • Fall 2019 Tespa Overwatch Collegiate Championship – Varsity League/Regional League/National League – OW Blue
  • Fall 2019 Boston Uprising Collegiate Cup – OW Blue
  • Fall 2019 LoL Collegiate Championship Series Season II at the Microsoft Store – LoL White
  • Fall 2019 Becker College Overwatch Invitational Tournament – OW Blue with Murray St., NEC & Univ. of Mississippi
  • Summer 2019 Upsurge ML – LoL Blue*
  • Spring 2019 BU LAN Tournament – LoL Blue
  • Spring 2019 Rose League – OW Blue
  • Winter/Spring 2019 LoL Collegiate Championship Series at the Microsoft Store – LoL White
  • Winter/Spring 2019 CLoL – LoL Blue
  • Winter/Spring 2019 NACE SMITE Gem Cup – SMITE Blue, SMITE White
  • Winter/Spring 2019 NACE Paladins Crystal Cup – Paladins Blue
  • Winter/Spring 2019 Tespa Overwatch Collegiate Championship: Varsity League/Regional League/National League – OW Blue
  • Winter 2019 AVGL Community LoL Tournament #1 – LoL Blue
  • Fall 2018 Upsurge ML – LoL Blue
  • Fall 2018 NACE Championship for SMITE – SMITE Blue
  • Fall 2018 CSL CL0L Pre-Season – LoL Blue
  • Fall 2018 CSL JV1 – LoL White
  • Fall 2018 Tespa Overwatch – Club
  • Fall 2018 Boston Uprising Collegiate Cup – Club
  • Spring 2018 AVGL Collegiate LoL – Club
  • Winter 2017-2018 CSL JV1 – Club
  • Fall 2017 Becker College Saturday Summit – Club
    • Becker hosted Emerson College, Brown University, and University of Oregon

*Summer team made up of past, current, and future students.

** Tespa is undergoing a reorganization as of December 2020.

Our sponsors & community partners

Storm Shield One logo gamer sensei logo Origin PC logo
Genji Esports logo

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor or community partner, please contact Timothy Loew.

Facilities, services, and equipment

  • Dedicated esports labs
  • ORIGIN PC, Alienware and Dell computers
  • BenQ displays, Das mechanical keyboards, HyperX headsets, and Logitech mice
  • DXRacer ergonomic gaming chairs
  • Archon Clothing uniforms
  • Professional coaches and staff
  • Wellness center and health services


  • ROLLING TRYOUTS – Sign up for Becker Varsity Esports League of Legends ROLLING Tryouts or sign up for Becker Varsity Esports Overwatch ROLLING Tryouts. Tryouts will be held periodically at the discretion of the coach.

2020 news

    • Talking collegiate esports and Becker College with Overwatch Coach Shifty
      Published on December 10, 2020 by
      As the world of esports continues to grow exponentially, many colleges around North America are beginning to invest more heavily into developing esports programs; whether it’s establishing a varsity esports team or creating specific courses that touch on different aspects of the industry, there is plenty to do to build a proper esports presence in schools…
    • Becker teams prepare for inaugural NECC Esports postseason
      Published on November 9, 2020 by
      As the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Esports fall regular season winds down, Becker College varsity and club teams are preparing for the conference’s inaugural postseason…
    • Esports can fuel economic recovery
      Published on October 28, 2020 by Worcester Telegram
      Esports, or competitive gaming, is already changing today’s entertainment landscape, and is poised to have an even greater influence on tomorrow’s…
    • Becker hosts online Overwatch GOATs Invitational 
      Published on October 23, 2020 by
      Becker will host its first-ever online throwback Overwatch “GOATs” Invitational Tournament. “GOATs,” a game strategy made obsolete last year, remains popular with players…
    • Becker Esports nominated for GameHERS award
      Published on October 22, 2020 by
      Becker College has been nominated for a GameHERS Award in the Community Category for Best Collegiate Esports Team…
    • Becker professor publishes “The Book of Esports”
      Published on August 12, 2020 by
      The first definitive book on esports, written by William Collis, is now available in hardcover, ebook, and audiobook. Collis is an adjunct professor in Becker College’s School of Design & Technology…
    • Becker Overwatch team competes in Tespa championship playoffs
      Published on July 13, 2020 by
      The Becker College varsity esports team competed in the Tespa Overwatch Collegiate National Championship playoffs that began on Saturday. Becker’s squad was one of only 64 to earn a seed in the playoffs, out of an original 612 teams that kicked off the competition during the fall season…
    • Becker student crowned NECC Madden Xbox Champion
      Published on May 24, 2020 by
      The inaugural New England Collegiate Conference Madden Xbox Championship took place Saturday evening, May 23. Becker College’s Jordan Hazelwood ’20 was victorious in his match-up against Dean College’s Ki’Sean Bullard in a best two-of-three series…
    • Becker hosting College Challenge Series
      Published on April 25, 2020 by
      Traditional college athletics across the country may have ceased for the time being due to the coronavirus pandemic, but Becker College has found a way to keep the competitive spirit alive with the launch of the Madden NFL 20 College Challenge Series…
    • Esports booming as real-life sports are shut down due to coronavirus pandemic
      Published on April 6, 2020 by Boston 25
      Ever since the COVID-19 pandemic temporarily put a stop to the entire world, many have had to adjust to the new normal, which, for many, means transitioning to digital alternatives. But, for one group, the normal was already an online experience…
    • Becker takes on college esports teams in tourney
      Published on April 4, 2020 by Worcester Telegram
      Becker College, the first college in New England to establish an esports program, will compete Sunday with varsity esports teams from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Murray State University and Emerson College in Becker’s spring Overwatch Invitational Tournament…
    • Overwatch Invitational Tournament set for April 5
      Published on April 2, 2020 by
      Becker College’s Varsity Esports Program is excited to announce that its spring Overwatch Invitational Tournament will take place on Sunday, April 5. In addition to Becker, the teams competing online will include the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Murray State University, and Emerson College…
    • 10 Best schools for gamers
      Published on March 12, 2020 by College Magazine
      These 10 colleges, led by Becker College, make up the very best of the pool with their savvy technology, career opportunities and school clubs and events for gamers at every level…
    • Forget football. Video games are the next big college sport 
      Published on January 9, 2020 by Experience Magazine
      On a Friday evening in November, a few minutes before the next match, Becker College coach Nick “Shifty” Travis gathers his varsity squad for a pep talk…

    Past news

    • Esports showcase to be held at Becker 
      Published on December 6, 2019 by
      The NECC will hold an Esports Showcase, in partnership with the Massachusetts Digital Game Institute (MassDiGI), on January 31, 2020, at Becker College…
    • Becker’s athletic conference adds esports 
      Published on December 5, 2019 by Boston Business Journal
      The New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) is slated to start sponsoring esports in the 2020-2021 academic year, the first NCAA Division III conference in the region to do so…
    • Becker makes Final Four in Boston Uprising Collegiate Cup 
      Published on November 25, 2019 by ESTNN
      Teams from all over New England competed for prizes for their school’s esports program….
    • Becker to host inaugural Overwatch Invitational
      Published on November 1, 2019 by TWIW
      Becker College’s Varsity Esports Program is holding its inaugural Overwatch Invitational Tournament…
    • Becker College hires former OWL coach to lead school’s Overwatch team
      Published on October 1, 2019 by Dotesports
      Becker College has hired former Overwatch League and Dignitas coach Nicholas “Shifty” Travis to lead its varsity Overwatch team…
    • Ready student one? Universities launch degrees in esports
      Published on October 1, 2019 by AP
      On their first week in class, a group of students is playing a first-person shooter video game in a sleek new digital studio. It’s their introduction to the degree in esports they’ve all enrolled in…
    • The soul of the game: Inside the wild world of esports
      Published on August 29 , 2019 by Worcester Magazine
      I awoke on Friday in clothes from the night before and cracked a Reign energy drink. I put water on for a Nissan instant noodle and downloaded Twitch, a popular streaming app, to my phone. The annual Shine Super Smash Bros. competition was at the DCU Center for the first time…
    • Making the esports pros of the future
      Published on August 8, 2019 by G News
      A gaming revolution is afoot at Becker College in Massachusetts. Becker is one of the first of about 700 schools around the US are actively participating in some form of competitive video gaming…
    • The business of video games
      Video published on June 23, 2019 by NECN
      Timothy Loew, executive director of MassDiGI and GM of the Becker College Varsity Esports Program talks about the business of video games – and esports…
    • Becker College student becomes school’s first professional gamer
      Published on June 9, 2019 by Worcester Telegram
      He may not be signing autographs on the street yet. But Justin Duclos acknowledged his life has changed in the last few months since becoming a professional gamer…
    • Becker to host WooSmash! A Super Smash Bros. Ultimate special event
      Published on May 17, 2019 by Becker College
      Becker College, MassDiGI and Discover Central Mass. will be hosting WooSmash! A Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Special Event at Becker’s Colleen C. Barrett Center. The event is free and participants can win cool prizes such as Shine 2019 passes…
    • Becker site for high school esports championship
      Published on May 12, 2019 by Becker College
      Yesterday, Becker College hosted the Season One MSAA Massachusetts High School Esports State Championship. The championship was the culmination of the season which kicked off this past February with teams across the Commonwealth competing each week in League of Legends and Rocket League…
    • American College becomes first to offer Apex Legends scholarship
      Published on March 15, 2019 by Dexerto
      Apex Legends has quickly become one of the most popular games in the world, and Becker College offering the first scholarship for the battle royale title…
    • First Apex Legends “path to pro” scholarship in US established in Massachusetts
      Published on March 14, 2019 by Dot Esports
      Becker College in Massachusetts unveiled the nation’s first “path-to-pro” esports scholarship in the country for Apex Legends
    • Becker Esports Program adds Paladins
      Published on January 29, 2019 by Becker College
      The Becker College Varsity Esports Program has added a fourth game, Paladins, to its roster of titles…
    • Becker to compete in College League of Legends season
      Published on January 22, 2019 by Becker College
      For the first time in the brief history of the Becker College Varsity Esports Program, a team will be taking part in the College League of Legends (CLoL) season…
    • Becker College adds varsity Overwatch team
      Published on January 17, 2019 by Dot Esports
      This semester Becker College students will be able to cheer for a new varsity esports team — Overwatch…
    • Becker College trains talent for fast-growing esports industry
      Published on December 30, 2018 by Worcester Telegram
      Becker College saw opportunity in this booming market and launched the state’s first varsity esports program and the country’s first conferring Bachelor of Science degree in Esports Management…
    • Becker is becoming a leader in the $1B esports industry
      Published on December 10, 2018 by Worcester Business Journal
      First, Becker College made a name for itself with a nationally renowned video game design program…
    • Becker opens the field to esports
      Published on December 4, 2018 by The Pulse
      “The new generation is looking for a differentiation.” So says…
    • Becker receives grant for esports lab
      Published on November 2, 2018 by GoLocal
      Becker College has been awarded a Collaborative Workspace Program grant from MassDevelopment to create an Esports Lab…
    • Becker Varsity Esports enters AVGL League of Legends tournament
      Published on October 17, 2018 by Becker College
      The Becker College Varsity Esports Program League of Legends (LoL) Blue team will be competing in the American Video Game League (AVGL) College Community LoL Tournament starting on Saturday…
    • Varsity Esports to square off in Collegiate Starleague
      Published on October 9, 2018 by Becker College
      The Becker College Varsity Esports Program League of Legends (LoL) Blue and White teams will both be competing in the Collegiate StarLeague (CSL) beginning this weekend…
    • Becker Varsity Esports earns spot in SMITE championship
      Published on October 1, 2018 by Becker College
      The Becker College Varsity Esports Program SMITE Blue team is one of 28 squads in the country to earn a spot in the inaugural National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE) Championship for SMITE….
    • Becker to compete in Upsurge Esports Fall Tournament
      Published on September 19, 2018 by Becker College
      The Becker College Varsity Esports Program League of Legends (LoL) Blue team will kick-off its 2018-2019 season by competing in the Eastern Division Upsurge Esports LoL Minor League Tournament…
    • ORIGIN PC partners with Becker Varsity Esports Program
      Published on September 10, 2018 by Becker College
      The Becker College Varsity Esports Program has named ORIGIN PC, the gaming industry standard for custom personal computers, as its preferred PC partner…
    • Gaming giant ZAM Network backs Becker Varsity Esports Program
      Published on August 28, 2018 by Becker College
      The Becker College Varsity Esports Program is partnering with ZAM Network, a leading entertainment company that reaches over 20 million gamers a month through its popular game websites. ZAM Network is a sponsor for the college’s inaugural varsity esports season…
    • Esports explosion leads to new Becker College program
      Published on August 9, 2018 by Worcester Magazine
      Remember when your parents would yell at you to put down the Atari or Nintendo and do your homework or get outside? Video games, they may have said, won’t help you graduate. Who knew? Nowadays, making or playing video games could very well get you through college…
    • First Massachusetts college will launch varsity esports program, award scholarships
      Published on June 18, 2018 by DotEsports
      Becker College in central Massachusetts has an internationally-ranked game design program, so it’s a natural extension for the college to expand into esports. It’s the first college in Massachusetts to offer esports scholarships…
    • Becker College: At the forefront of collegiate esports
      Published on March 22, 2018 by Collegiate Starleague (CSL)
      There’s no mistaking it: Esports has gotten pretty big over the years. Each year, we see bigger tournaments with fatter prize pools. From scholarships to clubs, schools have played a large part in aiding the esports scene just as they have for physical sports for decades…
    • Inside the booming, billion-dollar business of esports
      Published on February 17, 2018 by CBS This Morning
      In this CBS report, Becker College sophomore Joe Frangiosa talks about esports and the business of games. Frangiosa is studying game development at Becker and is a member of the college’s League of Legends team…
    • Becker esports wins debut competition
      Published on January 16, 2018 by Becker College
      Becker College’s esports club team won its debut competition in the League of Legend’s Collegiate Starleague (CSL). The Hawks defeated…
    • Colleges seek edge in esports with free coaching for students
      Published on November 7, 2017 by BostInno
      As colleges and universities increasingly enter the world of collegiate competitive video gaming, some are finding a way to give their students and teams a distinct advantage: free esports coaching from the pros…

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    General eligibility snapshot

    • Must be enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student.
    • Must make satisfactory academic progress and maintain a minimum GPA.
    • Must be a student in good standing across the college community.
    • Must be committed, mannered, disciplined, and responsible.
    • Must follow program rules and regulations.

    * Subject to change. Please contact for more information.


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