Blinn College esports aim for national titles after first-year successes

Tryouts for 2021-22 teams will be held Aug. 22 through Sept. 1

Tryouts for 2021-22 teams will be held Aug. 22 through Sept. 1

July 9, 2021

The Blinn College esports program has national title aspirations in only its second year.

Launched in fall 2020, the program had three top-10 national finishes during its inaugural year. Tryouts for the 2021-22 teams will be held Aug. 22 through Sept. 1.

“It was a strong year for us despite the obstacles,” said coach Aaron Kapiko, “but we are looking to improve on the success from last year and really push for some national titles.”

Blinn’s Rocket League team had a top-four finish in the National Association of College Esports (NACE) competition. Its Valorant team placed in the top 10 in the NACE national tournament and had a top-four finish in the National Junior College Athletic Association. Also, Blinn’s Overwatch team had a top-32 NACE placing.

Blinn hosts coed, 30-player teams on the Brenham and Bryan campuses. Blinn is one of only a few community colleges in the region offering esports scholarships.

Teams being formed are League of Legends, Overwatch, Rocket League, and Valorant. Students can register for tryouts by filling out a recruitment form at www.blinn.edu/esports. More information is available at the program’s Discord address.

“We’re looking for students who want to compete and help improve our program,” Kapiko said. “Good communication, strong mechanics, and leadership are some of the qualities we’re looking for in our players. I encourage anyone interested in esports to look into what Blinn has to offer.”

The college also is recruiting students to provide support for the program, including production, streaming, casting, content creation, and social media.

In recognition of the growing gaming industry, Blinn College District is launching a new Simulation and Game Programming degree on the Brenham Campus this fall. It will be housed in a new, 72,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art Science, Technology, Engineering and Innovation Building that will open in August.

The Simulation and Game Programming degree will be offered on the RELLIS Campus in fall 2022.

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