HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WDAM) – From the midst of a pandemic to a celebrated national title, the University of Southern Mississippi’s esports program has been on the rise since its inception.
Its new coordinator wants to continue expanding Hattiesburg’s esports footprint.
“My main goal in coming here is to focus on a path towards an industrial approach to esports,” said USM Esports Coordinator David Dickert. “So it shows to the university, to the students, to the professionals that esports can relate to so many different things.”
Although competition is an aspect of esports, few programs focus on the process of helping students succeed after graduation. Dicker said.
“Right now, there’s a lot of conversation around the county about what esports means for college students, what it means for high school students looking to compete at the college level, and many programs are focused on competition. “, said Dickert. “But Esports can fill gaps.
“Behind you right now is a full production facility that we purchased specifically to help students who might not be interested in competing, but are interested in the production side of things.”
Anyone interested in joining the USM Esports team can stop by and talk to Dickert at the Thad Cochran Center.
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