Mission Control brings recreational esports to schools during social distancing

Mission Control, a platform for recreational esports leagues, has recently brought together communities working through social distancing due to COVID-19. As students are studying from home, schools are allowing them to join a recreational esports team with the help of this organization. Esports in education has skyrocketed in the last year, encouraging aspiring students to follow their dreams in professional gaming. Now, with Mission Control expanding within workplaces and schools, there may be more intermural opportunities on the rise.

When it comes to esports and education, big organizations have worked together to open facilities that allow local players to practice. While esports teams showcase their fame, not all aspiring players want to be in the spotlight. Mission Control gives local gamers a chance to be a part of a team without the sacrifice of traveling or pressure to be great. Players also have a chance to play in tournaments to win cash prizes, all through Mission Control and the client it works with.

Working with universities

Mission Control strives for a competitive yet friendly environment. It hopes to bring communities together by connecting gamers within their schools. Recently, it partnered with Southeastern Louisiana University to bring recreational esports to Baton Rouge Community College. The leagues offered include Call of Duty, Rocket League, NBA 2k20, FIFA 20, and more.

Mission Control has also recently worked with Pace University. Its first tournament of the season opened on May 28 with a Rocket League 1v1. The organization currently offers its services to 85 clients, including Duke University, Saint Louis University, and South Dakota State University. Although these schools are large in number, students can be a part of an inclusive league, discord channel, and big tournaments through their own consoles at home.

Plans to expand during the pandemic

By August, Mission Control has plans to expand their games to more major esports titles. These could include games such as League of Legends or Valorant. Although these plans are still in the works, participating schools have the choice to request the title they would like to start a recreational league in.

Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, schools have not had any physical classes for months. That means fewer recreational sports have taken place. With Mission Control, however, students can participate in a recreational league that is entirely online. Although these challenging times have affected esports greatly, the existence of these leagues can help inspire students to rise up in the industry. Their services also help offer a distraction to those who have been negatively impacted by the pandemic and are looking for a way to relieve stress. As Mission Control continues bringing esports to schools throughout several states, it hopes to continue to expand to other markets within the next five years.

Carly Soba
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