John Jay College Launches New, All-Inclusive Esports Program – John Jay News

John Jay College Launches New, All-Inclusive Esports Program – John Jay News

John Jay College Launches New, All-Inclusive Esports Program

This spring semester it’s “game on” for the entire John Jay College community. The Department of Athletics, Recreation, and Intramurals is launching a new esports program, opening up video gaming competition and team experiences to everyone at John Jay. Anyone with a John Jay email address—including part-time and full-time undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff, and administration—can join in the fun of an all-inclusive gaming experience, competing as a single player or in teams, with 10 game titles. The College joins a growing list of over 180 colleges across the United States—including other CUNY colleges—adding esports to its collegiate programming lineup. “Esports opens up a whole new world of opportunity for everyone in our John Jay community,” says Catherine “Cat” Alves, Deputy Director of Athletics, Recreation and Intramurals, discussing the inclusive and social nature of esports. “It engages students we don’t usually see in our facilities or coming to our games, and that’s what we want to do, especially in our current distance-learning environment. Esports says, we’re all Bloodhounds and we get to do this together.”

Over the last five years, the esports industry has seen its popularity rise with the market’s worth expected to surpass the $1.8 billion mark by 2022, according to Newzoo, a global provider of gaming and esports analytics. Beyond that, esports is making waves in schools across the U.S. (K-12 and higher education), not only because of its ability to
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