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SEsports wins 5-1 Overwatch match over East Central in first-ever in-person match between local rival schools

May 1, 2024

The Southeastern Oklahoma State University eSports team – SEsports – hosted rival East Central University in the first-ever in-person match between the two schools at the Southeastern eSports Arena in the Glen D. Johnson Student Center on Tuesday evening.

The Savage Storm and Tigers competed in six games of “Overwatch”, with Southeastern taking the match by a 5-1 count. SEsports regularly competes with other teams remotely, but this was the first time the team hosted an in-person match.

The long-time rival schools hope to establish a traveling trophy series in eSports, competing in-person once a semester.

“We look forward to establishing this series, just as much for the fun and experience playing a team in person, as well as the true competition,” said SEsports coordinator Steven Harris. “Our team plays opponents every week from across the USA and Canada, but not often do we get to play in the same room as our opponents so nights like this are very exciting for us.”

SEsports team members who defeated East Central on Tuesday were Joshua Bell, a marketing major from Boswell, Garrett Faison, a general business major from Bells, Texas, Jacob Gentry, a computer information systems major from Boswell, Garrett Morrison, a psychology from Hendrix, and Jagger Qualls, an aviation-professional pilot major from Cumby, Texas. The Overwatch team is coached by Garrett Lovins, with Kyler Drake providing commentary on the YouTube broadcast.