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Tim Loew named to NECC esports board

Tim Loew named to NECC esports board

Published on: August 28, 2020

Tim Loew speaks at the NECC's Esports Showcase, which was held at Becker College earlier this year.

Tim Loew speaks at the NECC’s Esports Showcase, which was held at Becker College earlier this year.

Tim Loew, general manager of the Becker College Varsity Esports Program, has been named to the Esports Board of Directors for the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC).

“The NECC is a true pioneer when it comes to college esports,” said Loew, who also heads up MassDiGI at Becker. “I’m excited and honored to be involved.”

Esports is the NECC’s sixteenth sport, and will feature a regular season schedule, as well as a championship in each of the different games the league will offer. At a time when many collegiate sporting events, including those sponsored by the NECC, have been canceled for the fall semester, esports is still going strong.

“To be honest, without Tim’s leadership, support, and vision, we would not be where we are at today,” said NECC Commissioner Jacob VanRyn.  I can’t thank him enough for his efforts all along and his willingness to continue to help lead us in this area.”

The NECC is the first NCAA Division III conference in New England, and third nationally, to sanction esports. Esports, or competitive gaming, is currently one of the fastest growing markets globally, with many institutions taking advantage of the boom and adding esports programs in recent years. The National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE) began in 2016 with six members, and has since grown to 128 members. Several current NECC institutions sponsor esports at either the varsity or club level, including Becker College.

Becker’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 strong, inclusive and games-oriented campus, as well as experienced coaches and staff. Becker students compete in games such as League of Legends and Overwatch at the varsity level and many others like Super Smash Bros., Valorant and Rocket League at the club level.

Beyond play, students interested in a career in competitive gaming are also welcome to explore Becker College’s first-in-the-nation degree program in Esports Management as well as its program in Content Creation & Emerging Media.

“Undoubtedly, [Becker has] one of the premier esports programs in the nation. We’re extremely proud to have Becker College as a member of NECC’s esports in 2020-21,” the NECC tweeted.

Other colleges represented on the NECC Esports Board of Directors include: Champlain College (Burlington, VT), Hood College (Frederick, MD), St. Ambrose University (Davenport, IO), University of Rio Grande (Rio Grande, OH) and California State University, Dominguez Hills (Carson, CA).

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