COLUMBIA, S.C. (courtesy benedict.edu) — Benedict College is partnering with Blaze Fire Games to launch a new eSports Club on the Midlands campus. The Tigers join a large and growing world of electronic sports, and they recently hosted the first eSport Madden and NCAA College Football Tournament with two first-place winners.
“Esports is one of the world’s fastest-growing sports. It is a billion-dollar industry with a combined projected global audience of 557 million by 2021,” said Benedict College President Roslyn Clark Artis.
Isaiah Reese, CEO and co-founder of Blaze Fire Games, said the 360 partnership would emphasize content creation, innovation, and how to leverage gaming and technology as a professional career pathway. As part of the program, participants will have access to industry micro-credentialing certificates in subjects including intro to esports, coaching, broadcasting, esports digital marketing, esports project management, AI gaming analytics, and health and wellness.
“We are extremely excited to launch the esports and competitive team community with Benedict College as its partner.” said Reese, “This agreement will allow our company to break down barriers and introduce the Benedict Tigers to the two billion dollar gaming esports industry.”
The College’s Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) organized the football tournament under the leadership of Dr. Paula Shelby, eSports Club program director.
First-place winners were eSports Club President Keivonte Gallman in the NCAA College Football category and Jayden Lockett in the Madden category.
“Congratulations to Jayden Lockett and Keivonte Gallman on their first-place wins during our inaugural eSports Tournament,” said Dr. Artis.
The Benedict College eSport Club is accepting new gamers. Interested gamers are invited to contact the college via firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or call 803-705-4775.