Game Studies and Design


League of Legends – Overwatch – Fortnite

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Recruiting Passionate Gaming Enthusiasts

The University of Montevallo eSports team is now recruiting for Fall 2020. Montevallo started competing in eSports in the Peach Belt Conference in the spring of 2020. The Falcons compete against 13 other teams in League of Legends.

eSports is the fastest growing sector of competitive play in the world. In 2014, eSports boasted 205 million participants and viewers and that is growing by 21 percent a year. By 2015 the League of Legends championship viewership exceeded that of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs. We believe offering a competitive eSports platform at UM allows students who are passionate about gaming a great opportunity to pursue their goals and degrees simultaneously.

For more information, please email our Recruiting Manager Linda Silva.

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See our latest newsletter here: Montevallo esports February 2020

Press Coverage

eSports at the University of Montevallo featured on NBC 13:  Channel 13 Highlights Head Coach Brendan Beal and UM eSports

Head Coach & Key Advisor: Brendan Beal

Dr. Brendan Beal ( serves as the Key Advisor to the UM esports Team. He has spent the last five years in esports as a DOTA 2 player and consultant on the pro-amateur circuit. He has passion for games and has attended The International (the biggest prize-money of any eSports tournament in the world) the last two years. He hopes to provide the chance for students to compete, learn team-building skills, and earn a college degree while playing the games that they love.

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Common Questions

Can I receive scholarship funding if I earn a spot on the UM team?  Scholarship funds may be available for competitive players considering both their position on the esports team and academic achievement.  More details will be released soon.

Is League of Legends the only title UM will play?  No, the team has selected Overwatch and Fortnite also for competitive play.

Will the team have a coach?  Dr. Brendan Beal is the Head Coach, and Jackson Kennedy serves as Team Captain.

Will I be a part of the athletic community as an esports team-member?  Yes, esports is governed by the NACE, which UM plans to participate in, not the NCAA. However, UM will likely position esports within the department of athletics, along with other NCAA Division II sports.

I am interested in learning more, how can I get in touch with the esports development team?  You can fill out the esports recruiting interest form here: esports Interest Form.

A member of the development team will reach out to you.  You can learn more about the University of Montevallo here: University of Montevallo Admissions

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