students watching others compete on computer

EVO hosts a variety of game tournaments where gamers from all over the world can compete against each other. 

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Esports Club attends summer gaming conference

Members traveled to the Evolution Championship Series in Las Vegas

During the summer break, Penn State Lehigh Valley’s Esports Club flew out-of-state to attend the Evolution Championship Series (EVO) Conference. The Esports Club at Penn State Lehigh Valley is a social club for people who share a love for video games. The members of the club traveled together to EVO, held at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, from Aug. 3-5.

According to the event website, EVO is the world’s largest fighting game event. EVO hosts a variety of fighting game tournaments where gamers from all over the world can meet up and compete.  

Jared McComb, senior information sciences and technology major and president of the Esports Club, has gone to the convention three times.

“I enjoyed spending time with all of my friends,” said McComb. “We got to bond over these games we love so much and were able to train and compete with each other.”

students posing with their organization of the year plaque

At the EVO conference, the Esports Club met and competed against Xavier Woods. 

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“I like that everyone in the club is now like a brother to me,” said Tan Vu, sophomore political science major. “We got to make great memories and that’s the best part.”

The Student Activity Fee (SAF) funding provided funds for the trip.

The Esports Club, formerly LAN Club, was named the 2017-18 student club of the year. The purpose of the Esports Club is to allow members who share a common interest in video games to join. The club wants to share this interest with fellow students through events, gatherings, and competitions on and off campus. For more information on the Esports Club, visit the student affairs website.