by Arianna Schuck
This past February, Florida Tech added a new department under student life; esports.
Since the creation of this new program, Florida Tech has appointed an esports director, Wai Ting Kenneth Lam.
Lam graduated from Maryville University in St. Louis, and during that time he had the opportunity to help develop and work with their esports program.
“Maryville University currently holds four national titles and are second in the world, so I came from a really strong program,” Lam said.
According to James Riswick-Estelle, student behavior analyst for the esports program,
esports is an umbrella term to refer to competitive video gaming in the same way that physical sports compete.
“The esports department’s behavioral analyst is in the process of taking preliminary data on the performance of the teams and getting to know those involved in the department to see where there might be areas for improvement,” Riswick said.
Lam also elaborated on the performance of the esports team at Florida Tech stating that he will be responsible for running multiple competitive teams, but also will have a staff consisting of assistants, and other student analysts to help build the esports community on campus.
Once the program has more structure and is further developed, production and content creation can be started by the program according to Lam.
“I’m building a full program,” Lam said. “I’ll be touching on competitive esports, and doing different sorts of collaborations.”
Such collaborations will include working internally with the school, and externally with outside partners.
Lam said that the program is expected to be up and running this upcoming fall semester. The Florida Tech esports team will soon have space available for their lab on the second floor of Evans Hall.