MACU Esports Off To A Strong Start
It’s game on for MACU’s Esports team, which just capped off its inaugural season of competition with a playoff run for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
Coach Daniel Peaslee said he’s heartened by the program's early successes and is looking forward to seeing how it will grow in the months to come.
“The students have been really enjoying it,” said Peaslee, who coaches MACU’s 15-player Esports roster. “Their passion and their drive to constantly improve, combined with the team bonding that comes with coordinating and strategizing with your teammates, all of that combines into a healthy program. We have a great foundation, and I’m really proud of what we’ve already accomplished this first season.”
In addition to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the MACU Esports team also plays League of Legends and Rocket League. This season, the Evangels saw some fierce competition, including taking on the reigning champions of the National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE) during the first week of play.
“Esports gives us a unique opportunity to interact with schools and players across the country,” Peaslee said. “Esports isn’t regional or sectional, it’s national."
We play schools from the east to the west coast and anywhere in between.” He said it puts the Evangels in a unique position to not only play against a variety of opponents but also to showcase what sets MACU apart from its competitors: the university’s dedication to building champions of Christ. “Above all else, we are representing God,” said Peaslee. “In all things we do, we want to achieve that level of play where we’re bringing our best but we’re not putting competition before Jesus.”
This season, all of MACU’s games were played on campus due to social distancing. Peaslee said that when restrictions loosen in the future, he looks forward to hosting more gameplay and tournaments on campus. With competitive gaming seeing a surge in Oklahoma City, he said local tournaments would provide people who may have never heard of MACU with an avenue to come onto campus and get interested in the school.
For now, he said he’s remaining focused on the upcoming spring season while also recruiting players for next fall. If you or someone you know is interested in playing for the MACU Esports team, you can submit game footage or request more information by emailing [email protected].