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Kent eSports Club Hosts League of Legends Tournament

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Courtesy of Jason Li '19

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The Kent School Esports team is starting it’s first on-campus tournament, marking a turning point for the club. This relatively new club has formed a team for the popular ESport “League of Legends”, and it is composed of many different Kent Players, some very competitive, some above average, and even several newer players.

For now the team, whose current name is “Cash Money”, is starting small. In an interview with team captain Mark Stephanos ’20, he explains what the team’s current prospects are. He says, “We’re starting an ESports tournament for the first time in Kent history. It will be between players at Kent, but we are looking into organizing home or away tournaments on an interscholastic level.”

At the moment, the team is focusing on training their players and establishing connections both in and outside of Kent. Though the base of their platform is “League of Legends”, they are open to adding more ESports to their roster. The most probable additions would include “Counter-Strike: Global Offensive” or “Super Smash Brothers.” The latter would definitely bring the club new blood or at least new fans.

The prospects of an interscholastic ESports league are exciting. It is still a fairly new trend, so Kent would be an innovator if other schools followed suit. However, the team will still face challenges in the form of finding teams at schools other than Kent. At this point, there are very few competitive High School ESports teams, but with a group of 3-5 opponents, an interscholastic ESports league would be possible.

As the Kent ESports scene grows we can hope that the other teams will grow as well. When asked what the most prominent challenge for creating an interscholastic ESports league would be, Stephanos says, “Finding worthy opponents.”

The club has managed to create a substantial team in such a short amount of time, but they still have a long way to go before they create the league they desire.

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