USC Sumter is an official varsity Esports program. Students are recruited from in-state, out-of-state, and worldwide. Students in the program compete through many popular games: Call of Duty, Overwatch, Rocket League, Rainbow Six Siege, Valorant, Madden, FIFA, NBA2k, and Fighters. Additional games are in consideration for each academic year. USC Sumter is a member institution in NJCAAE, NACE, and more. USC Sumter also participates in institutional created seasons with colleges across the country. Players and teams of all level and skill compete in the USC Sumter program. The program allows for player growth and skill development, while promoting opportunity among all.
What is Esports
eSports can be defined as a form of sports where the primary aspects of the sport are facilitated by video games; the input of players and teams as well as the output of the eSports system are mediated by human-computer interfaces. Most commonly eSports take the form of organized multiplayer video game competitions, particularly between professional players. The most common video game genres associated with eSports are real-time strategy, fighting, first-person shooter (FPS), and multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA). Tournaments such as The International, the League of Legends World Championship, the Battle.net World Championship Series, the Evolution Championship Series and the Intel Extreme Masters, provide both live broadcasts of the competition, and prize money and salaries to competitors.
History of USC Sumter Esports
Although organized online and offline competitions have long been a part of video game culture, participation and spectatorship of such events have seen a large surge in popularity from the late 2000s and early 2010s. While competitions around 2000 were largely between amateurs, the proliferation of professional competitions and growing viewership now supports a significant number of professional players and teams and many video game developers now build features into their games designed to facilitate such competition.