Teen Esports Camp

Explore the world of Esports and get an introduction to League of Legends from Riot Games and Fortnite from Epic Games during our three-week camp.

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About the Game

League of Legends, is the Riot Games multiplayer title featuring battle arena competition. Inspired by Defense of the Ancients, a custom map for Blizzard Entertainment’s Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos game, League features two teams of five players battling in player versus player matches, each attempting to capture the other’s base.

ESRB Teen Rating GraphicLeague of Legends is rated T (Teen) by the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB), which means it is suited for ages 13 and up. Learn more about the T Rating.

The camp will be held on Asus Predator gaming PCs, with each player having their own machine.

 

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About the Game

ESRB Teen Rating GraphicFortnite is a genre defining battle royal developed and maintained by Epic games. It sustains a large player base even 5 years after its release. It also receives continual updates to keep the gameplay fresh; with new modes and recently a complete redesign of the combat system. These changes have kept Fortnite solidly within the gaming sphere allowing many content creators and Esports athletes to rise to the top of their game and make a name for themselves.

Fortnite is rated T (Teen) by the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB), which means it is suited for ages 13 and up. Learn more about the T Rating.

The camp will be held on Asus Predator gaming PCs, with each player having their own machine.

Do I have to know how to play the games?

Absolutely not! You only have to have basic computer skills (using a keyboard and mouse, for example) to participate in the Esports camp. We provide state-of-the art computers along with training accounts for League of Legends and Fortnite for you to use in the camp.

We will discuss the Esports phenomenon, including team play, coaching, broadcasting via Twitch, and social etiquette. You will have the chance to explore the games by setting up characters and participating in scrimmage sessions among camp players. There will be plenty of time for you to explore the game, ask questions, and practice your skills.

About the Instructors

Photo of James BiddixJames Biddix

James Biddix will be conducting the Esports camp.

As a former Twitch caster for the East Tennessee State University Esports Team, he has developed skills to explain complex game mechanics as well as a passion to teach the younger generation of gamers how to become their best selves inside and outside of competition.

He has served as a Twitch caster for League of Legends.

He shares his background and plans for the camp.

“I started playing competitive games when I was 13, originally getting into the scene through a game called Team Fortress 2, I played the game for a year and then I joined a competitive Highlander team where I played a supportive role. After playing in the competitive scene for a year I decided I wanted to try my hand casting since I had already learned many of the intricacies of the game already. I started casting games and I loved it.”

“Some time later my passion for TF2 died down and many of my friends had moved on to other games. League of Legends was one such game. I started playing with a small group of friends and quickly got hooked. League’s gameplay is based heavy around out-maneuvering and out-thinking your opponents. I found myself diving deep into the competitive scene for the game.. I began learning subjects such as wave management and rotations. These aspects of the game just made me love it more. I realized that this is a game where mechanics alone will only get you so far and if you truly want to climb the ladder you need a solid foundation of knowledge to build your gameplay. I have been playing League since 2015 right before Jhin came out and I have been building my knowledge of the game since then. I keep up to date on the newest strategies used across the world for competitive play as well as develop some of my own. I love teaching friends the game and I believe that anyone can reach Platinum through raw game knowledge. I focus mainly on rotations and looking for opponent mistakes that I can capitalize on while I play, and I will be passing this knowledge onto others during the camp.”

 

Zachariah Inks

Zachariah Inks will be coordinating the Esports camp.

He is the lead instructor in the Simulation and Game Development program at Western Piedmont Community College. With a background in User Centered Design, Zachariah Inks will be introducing concepts of competitive esports performance metrics and analysis methods for improving player sucess. For additional information, please contact Zachariah Inks at: zinks@wpcc.edu.

The WPCC Esports Camp is a safe and welcoming place for your child. We will observe safety guidelines issued by the state and the CDC including social distancing and use of masks when camp is in session.  Each parent or guardian is invited to meet with our camp instructors in the lab space on the first day of camp. Your child will remain with our instructors until you return for pick up at the end of each camp session.

Parents, we have stuff for you too!

Parents, we have stuff for you too!

The WPCC eSports Camp is a safe and welcoming place for your child. We will observe safety guidelines issued by the state and the CDC including social distancing and use of masks when camp is in session.  Each parent or guardian is invited to meet with our camp instructors in the lab space on the first day of camp. Your child will remain with our instructors until you return for pick up at the end of each camp session.

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How to
Enroll

Cost for the Esports Camp is $250

There are 2 ways to sign up:

 

  • SIGN UP ONLINE
    Use the online registration for WPCC Continuing Education
    (the section number is 66755 for the Esports Camp)
    You will be sent a separate email with information on payment for the courses.
    IMPORTANT: If you are under the age of 16, your parents or guardian must download, fill out, sign, and submit this Registration Form.
  • REGISTER IN PERSON
    Stop by Hildebrand Hall on the WPCC Main Campus [map] and see Yvette Logan in Room 122 Monday-Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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