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Esports Welcomes Online Students to the Team!

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Esports at The University of Southern Mississippi is open to Online Students! Whether you’re looking for an opportunity to be part of the Southern Miss culture without being on campus, or if you’re just looking to join a championship team to show off some of your own skills, Southern Miss Esports gives students a chance to be a part of the USM community!

What is esports?

Esports is competitive gaming. It involves competing individually or as teams, engaging in various video game titles across different genres. It combines skill, strategy, and teamwork, much like traditional sports, but takes place in the digital realm. And as it grows in popularity, Southern Miss has become one of the most competitive teams in the nation!

How can I get involved with Esports?

Our Esports club has a wide range of opportunities for students looking for a place on the team. There are five ways you can get involved. Including:

  • Player – be part of the team that competes for championships
  • Coaching – build up the team with insights 
  • Casting – host amazing events, tournaments, and livestreams
  • Media – work on production, graphic design, and social media
  • Analyst – help develop optimal strategies to deploy during the games
  • Our opportunities have expanded to include:
    • signed student-athlete
    • academy team play
    • part-time student worker
    • internship

What teams are available to compete on?

Our Esports teams cover everything from car soccer to sci-fi battle royales:

  • Overwatch 2
  • League of Legends
  • Valorant
  • Rainbow Six: Siege
  • Rocket League
  • Chess
  • Fortnite
  • Smash Bros.

And Southern Miss doesn’t just play. We play to win. Our teams have risen to the top of many national championship tournaments. During the 2021-2022 season, our Overwatch team was Fall Conference Champions, and Spring Conference Finalists, as well as the National Esports Collegiate Conference (NECC) National Finalists. Our Rocket League team was the Spring 2022 NECC conference and National semi-finalists. Our Rainbow Six: Siege team took home the trophy as the NECC Emergent National Champions.

Southern Miss Esports has also placed top 10 nationally for Fortnite, and we’ve won our conferences in League of Legends and Valorant.

The Eagle Esports team has signed over 75 student-athletes, supporting over 10 video game titles. There are even internship opportunities in production, game management, and graphic design. Our student athletes have gone on to find careers in business, education, marketing, and even healthcare, and as an online student, you can also be part of the Eagle Esports team. If you’re interested in learning more about the Esports club, visit our Esports page, or if you’re ready to get involved now, use this form to apply!

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