The popularity of eSports has been felt all over the world, and it has made its way to Fanshawe.
FUEL or “Fanshawe’s Ultimate eSports League” has been a popular club activity since it was introduced in the fall.
The final meeting of the club was on Sunday, where they played the championship matches of games like Super Smash Bros. Melee, Overwatch, and FIFA 18. The games we’re broadcasted onto Rogers TV and the online streaming service Twitch.tv.
Tyler Hetherington, coordinator of FUEL, says that they wanted to make this is authentic as possible
“We really wanted to model it after real eSports leagues”
Hetherington also added that they had their athletes train and practice just like they were playing sports. There are many who have criticized eSports for “not being a real sport”, saying it does not require much physical exertion to play a video game.
Hetherington claims that the ones at the top of eSports absolutely are athletes, but not players who “sit at home in their mom’s basement”
FUEL plans to return for a season 2 in the fall, with an updated list of tournament games.