Path-to-Pro: Becker student becomes professional gamer
Published on: June 5, 2019
Becker College student Justin Duclos has signed with Team Genji to play the collectible card game, “Eternal” at the professional level. Since esports was established at Becker last year, he is the first player to be signed to a professional team while still a student.
“Becker students not only make great games, but they’re also great gamers,” said Timothy Loew, general manager of Becker College’s esports varsity teams and executive director of MassDiGI (Massachusetts Digital Games Institute). “We’re creating a unique path-to-pro at Becker College where students can hone their skills as a gamer to get noticed by professional organizations.”
Team Genji’s advanced analytics services and sophisticated AI platform make it the market leader for data analysis for gaming. With their unique algorithms to identify top players, Team Genji noticed Duclos was ahead of the curve in “Eternal” realm.
“From Team Genji’s point of view, discovering talent is what it’s all about,” said William Collis, co-founder of Team Genji. “Signing college talent is something we think has great potential across many esports and competitive gaming titles.”
“I got a message on Discord,” said Duclos. “Team Genji recognized my talent and wanted to sign me. It’s a great opportunity and I couldn’t say no.”
Duclos, who hails from Millbury, Mass., is still going to Becker full-time while competing. He is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in interactive media design, with a game design concentration.
Made by Dire Wolf Digital, “Eternal” features cross-platform play, allowing players to use any of the supported platforms to compete against each other.
Since the summer started, Duclos has already placed in the top 8 in two tournaments. He’s also qualified for the Masters Challenge finals and has earned a chance to qualify for the World Championships. In addition, he’s busy building support for the game, recruiting new players to the Team Genji “Eternal” team.
“Being a professional is a dream come true and I can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings,” said Duclos.