by Joe Wyatt Published September 2, 2020 If you are a gamer at Amarillo College, Christopher George would like to make your acquaintance, but please move to the front of the line if you have a knack for deploying poisonous chemical devices or palm-released bionic orbs. Virtually, of course. George is director of esports at AC, and students of all majors are welcome to participate at any time in any level of gaming – from casual to competitive – at AC’s new state-of-the-art gaming center on the fourth floor of Parcells Hall. Just now, however, George’s most serious e-athletes are gearing up for varsity campaigns versus colleges and universities far and wide. He invites interested gamers to sign up here no later than Sept. 6 for a chance to represent AC. This fall, AC will field competitive varsity esports teams in League of Legends, Overwatch, Rocket League and Valorant. Intercollegiate competition is scheduled each Wednesday night this fall. “We’re always looking for players who’ve really been grinding, who are moving up the ranks in their respective games,” George says. “I try to promote the entire ecosphere of gaming at AC, where we can all come together and enjoy the games that we love, both casually and competitively. “But where varsity esports is concerned, we are looking for serious players who are dedicated to the sport, can attend regular practices, have a minimum 2.0 grade point average, and want to represent the College at the highest level.” If interest is strong enough in any of this fall’s featured games, AC may field A and B varsity teams or even junior varsity teams, George said. Meanwhile, gamers and fans of gaming are not only welcome to drop in at AC’s gaming center any time to participate or learn more, they are encouraged to tune in and support AC’s varsity e-athletes in action. “We love fan participation,” George said. “We want our student body and our faculty and staff to get behind us for what I think will be a really great fall season. Esports is for everybody, and we have a very diverse crowd of folks right now who come together regularly to share their love for gaming.” Intercollegiate matches are streamed on these Twitch and Youtube channels. While this year’s schedule is still being mapped out, last year AC competed against teams from, among others, University of Texas—San Antonio, Baylor, Oklahoma Christian and Tarleton State University. Mason Stewart, a member of the Overwatch varsity team, encourages everyone to get involved in esports at AC. “Come and join us,” Stewart says, “we’re a community of gamers of all types. We want to make gaming here a community, interactive environment . . . we will find a place for you and we’ll keep you doing what you enjoy – gaming.” For more information about esports at AC, please contact Christopher George at (806) 371-5374 or email@example.com.