Story by Zach Avery, Reporter
Photos courtesy of Zach Avery
Before Aquinas’ official eSports season began, head coach Adam Antor was proud to welcome local Super Smash Bros. Ultimate players to an open tournament organized by Reach Gaming. This specific event marked the end of Reach’s West Michigan Circuit.
Antor was glad they were able to end their season in the Sturrus Center for Athletics, where the designated eSports Gaming Lab is located. Though the tryouts for Aquinas’ official roster of Ultimate players were on Sept. 20, many students from Aquinas were at the tournament, including senior Will Haran. When asked why Ultimate was so enticing to him, Haran said, “The community around this game is just so positive and fun.”
In an interview with Adam Antor to discuss some details regarding his eSports team and the upcoming 2019-2020 season, he expressed that students interested in viewing future events should most definitely consider checking them out. Aquinas eSports’ official Twitch streaming account can be found at twitch.tv/AquinasEsports.
Antor hopes to continue scheduling his group for two to three matches a week. This offers an opportunity to cheer on some Aquinas competitors; Competitive eSports at the collegiate level is still considered cutting edge in Michigan. Antor is appreciative that Aquinas has the confidence in him and his team to join in this blossoming sport.
A pair of representatives from Reach Gaming were at the tournament and were able to elaborate more on the history of the West MI Circuit. Over 95 entrants came to the Ultimate tournament on Sept. 14, resulting in one of Reach Gaming’s largest tournaments ever.
In order to accommodate the large group, Antor rented out two adjacent rooms connected to the Gaming Lab. One system hosted all of the tournament play, while the matches could be viewed in the other two rooms. This stop in Reach’s West Michigan Circuit was the first to ever occur on a college campus, and Reach couldn’t have been happier with the amount of new faces who may want to play for its events in the future.
At the end of the day, none of the participating Aquinas students were able to take home the gold. The doubles bracket went to BooBear/Ryoku and the winner of the singles bracket was BooBear. Nonetheless, it will be very exciting to see what’s next for Aquinas eSports.
If you’d like to stay up to date with all of the Aquinas eSports’ matches and tournaments, Antor suggests following the official Twitch account (twitch.tv/AquinasEsports). The complete schedule will also be available on the Aquinas Athletics page.