After months of taking on squads from four-year schools such as Texas Tech, North Carolina State and the University of Oregon, Peninsula College’s Esports team is ready to show off its skills to a hometown crowd.
Fans are invited to watch a Rocket League match between PC and the University of Connecticut at 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, in the Pirate Esports Arena (room M133) at the main campus at 1502 E. lauridsen Blvd., Port Angeles.
The game gets underway with introductions at 4:55 p.m.
Admission is free and light refreshments will be served.
The match will also be live streamed at twitch.tv/peninsulacollege.
“We are very excited about this program and the potential it has to bring in esports athletes from all over the world,” said Rick Ross, associate dean for athletics and student life.
Peninsula College has teams competing in Rocket League, Overwatch and League of Legends.
The Pirate Rocket League team — which includes team captain Nicholas Charters of Sequim, along with members Drew Eckard, Stuart Koehler and Logan Beebe — trained fall quarter and entered the Black Line Championship Series this quarter. It features college and amateur teams from across the country.
The Pirates finished 5-3 and secured a spot in the playoffs, which got under way the week of March 9.
Charters, a Running Start student from Sequim High School, said he’s looking forward to his team’s first public appearance.
“I’m excited to bring esports out to everybody on the Peninsula,” he said. “Hopefully this encourages people who play casually to take it more competitively.”
Charters, who started playing Rocket League at age 16, has 2,000 hours into the game.
“I joined (the PC program) to play the game more and to get better,” he said.
Charters and his teammates will need to be at their best to beat UConn, he said.
“Hopefully it’ll be competitive,” he added.
In addition to the three teams the College currently supports, Pirate Esports plans to add Super Smash Brothers in 2020-21.
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