Becker hosting College Challenge Series
Published on: April 25, 2020
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.
The Madden NFL 20 College Challenge Series, powered by Becker College and with participating student-athletes from Anna Maria College, Assumption College, WPI, Salve Regina University, Nichols College, and Becker, will line players up against each other on the screen instead of the field.
Madden NFL 20 is the latest iteration of the massively popular – 130 million copies have been sold since 1988 – football simulation video game published by Electronic Arts.
“We’re excited to offer this opportunity to student-athletes across the region,” said Frank Millerick, vice president of student affairs and director of athletics at Becker College. “Competitive gaming is a great way to stay connected and, during this era of social distancing, we need all the connection we can get.”
The online, console-based competition will culminate with a championship match set for Saturday, May 9. Brackets will be posted to www.beckergamecamp.com along with a streaming schedule so fans can catch all the action.
The idea for the Madden NFL 20 College Challenge Series came out of a conversation between Becker’s Athletics Department and the School of Design & Technology. Becker is home to the first varsity esports program in Massachusetts and the first esports management degree program in the nation.
“Being able to align our institutional expertise and experience in support of student-athletes was a no-brainer,” said Alan Ritacco, Ph.D., dean of the Becker School of Design & Technology. “We’re really pleased to be in the position to help make this happen for all involved.”
The winner of the New England Collegiate Madden NFL 20 Challenge will earn bragging rights as well as a certificate commemorating the competition.
“We all play Madden so we’re here for this,” said Ty’Rique Evans-Pergee, one of two Becker student-athletes participating in the College Challenge Series.
“Our entire team is behind the effort,” added Evans-Pergee, who is sophomore and defensive back on the football team.
According to Don Desrochers, program director for interactive media design studios and camps at Becker, the College is already looking to power similar challenge series involving student-athletes and other sports simulation games such as NBA 2K20, NHL 20, MLB The Show 20, and FIFA 20.
To learn more about esports at Becker College, go to https://beckeresports.gg. To learn more about esports management, as well as the many other programs offered through the College’s School of Design & Technology, visit https://www.becker.edu/academic/academic-programs/design-technology/