WORCESTER — A professional esports coach who helped steer Becker College’s esports team to two championships last year has big plans for building esports and recreational gaming at Clark University.
Nicholas “Shifty” Travis, 35, is relocating from Plano, Texas, to take on a new role of director of esports and recreational games at Clark University. For the past two-and-a-half years, Travis has been coaching esports teams at the collegiate level.
He coached a team at Becker College and currently coaches for Boise State University. This past spring, the Becker and Boise State teams won a combined five esports championships.
Travis said he first got into video games as a child when he saw his brother play the football game Tecmo Super Bowl on the Nintendo Entertainment System.
“I’m a big sports fan as well as esports, so mix the two together and I played the heck out of that game,” Travis said. “Got really good at it, too; really, really good at it. That kind of fueled my competitive aspect, the sports aspect, the video game aspect.”
Travis first got into playing competitively through the tactical shooter Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six and was an early adopter of the popular multiplayer shooter Overwatch.
With Overwatch, Travis said he was performing well