UAlbany esports a big hit with students – NEWS10 ABC

UAlbany esports a big hit with students – NEWS10 ABC

ALBANY, N.Y (NEWS10)- There is no shortage of interest in UAlbany’s esports team, beginning its third year in the fall. There’s also no shortage of enthusiasm from Coach Michael Leczinsky.

UAlbany’s esports team began competing in 2019. They spent a year and a half meeting and competing remotely, shortly after beginning their first season during the COVID pandemic. Coach Leczinsky said a return to in-person practice and competition this year is an exciting prospect.

NEWS10 caught up with Leczinsky Thursday and asked him what’s next for the UAlbany esports team.

The team is looking forward to competing again in the fall. They have also received the applications of 500 students who want to play for the team.

Similar to other collegiate sports, Leczinsky said UAlbany’s esports team focuses on improving its player’s skills, teamwork, communication, problem-solving, and playing at a level that allows them to win against other colleges.

Unlike other teams, the esports team is co-ed with much thought given on how to be inclusive. Something that Coach Leczinsky said is an important part of what is promoted through not only the esports team but also through the Informatics Department and entire college.

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