NECC Esports Showcase held at Becker College
Published on: February 4, 2020
Leaders in the esports industry, students in the field of esports, and people interested in learning more about the sport’s growing popularity, gathered at Becker College on January 31 for a New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Esports Showcase.
The event was held in partnership with the Massachusetts Digital Game Institute (MassDiGI), and took place in the Colleen C. Barrett Center for Global Innovation and Entrepreneurship, at 80 William Street, on Becker College’s Worcester Campus.
“The event exceeded our expectations,” said Timothy Loew, general manager of the Varsity Esports Program at Becker and executive director of MassDiGI. “We had people here from all across New England.”
The showcase included panel discussions and question-and-answer sessions for those interested in learning more about esports. One panel featured industry leaders including representatives from Helix eSports, Boston Uprising, and Team Genji. Another discussed esports at the collegiate level and featured Becker College President Nancy Crimmin, Dr. Mike Taberski of New England College, and Timothy Loew of Mass DiGI. There was also a panel featuring esports student-athletes, as well as one focused on building an esports program on campus.
The day also featured League of Legends and Overwatch demonstration matches as well as an open Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tournament.
“It was a great day for esports at Becker,” Loew said.
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 can to explore the college’s highly-ranked Interactive Media Design degree program.