When students were recently welcomed to training camp at Minnesota State University, Mankato it wasn’t on a football field or a basketball court.
Instead esports varsity players have a training site of their own at the campus. Instead of punching bags or treadmills, there’s a space decked out with high-end Alienware gaming computers and chairs, where the clipped voices and explosions of Call of Duty blend with the shouts of encouragement from spectators.
But it’s in an adjacent studio where the magic really happens, as student broadcasters learn how to be commentators and present video games to online and broadcast audiences.
Watching it unfold is Jacqueline Lamm, the head coach for the esports varsity team at MSU Mankato. She’s played video games her entire life, and has been teaching and researching while building the esports program at the university. She said when she discovered a way to convert her