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OCU hosts esports summer camps

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OCU's esports team in the Starcade arena

Oklahoma City University will host two immersive, overnight esports summer camps this month for students entering eighth through 12th grades. An Overwatch camp will run from June 13-17 and a general esports game camp from June 20-24. Registration is available online at ocuesports.com through June 6.

High-level collegiate players will serve as camp counselors to work with attendees on all aspects of esports play. Each camp will be split into three sections: in-game, out-of-game and community. Campers will be coached one-on-one in game play, and they will learn casting skills for both on-air and in-production scenarios. Each day will close with team-building and physical activities.

Guest speakers Ian Huston, Envy Esports director of player performance and development, and Colby Carter, Envy sales director, will host Q&A sessions about the esports industry during both camp sessions. Envy is a professional esports organization headquartered in Dallas.

“As the popularity of esports continues to grow, it is becoming more important to seek training from experienced players and support personnel,” said Patrick McClung, head coach of OCU’s esports team and camp organizer. “This is especially true when it comes to competing for college scholarships and making it onto team rosters.”

McClung said his collegiate program’s emphasis on creating well-rounded players will be carried over to the summer camps. OCU esports management majors learn several contributing aspects including physical and mental health along with professional competencies in sports and team management.

Most of the days will be spent in OCU’s new Starcade esports arena. Campers will stay overnight in the university’s upperclassman apartment-style dorm hall, and meals will be served in the main dining hall.

Visit ocuesports.com for more information.