Eleven-year-old Cooper Hess shouts directions to his teammates during a competitive game of Rocket League as Missouri Western State University’s esports director Christian Konczal watches over his shoulder.
Konczal never had the luxury of playing in a 25 monitor esports arena growing up. When he was 11, there weren’t esports youth camps, and the sport wasn’t nearly as popular as it is today.
“What we have here is something that I would have killed for 10 years ago when I was an undergrad,” Konczal said. “This is a huge opportunity. It’s a privilege and it’s a responsibility.”