SUNY Canton Esports Program Featured on ABC’s ‘Nightline’
The college’s growing varsity esports program was highlighted in a recent episode of ABC’s evening news show “Nightline.”
The segment explores the rise in popularity of collegiate competitive gaming and features SUNY Canton as a leader in the field. It includes interviews with sophomore and “Overwatch” team captain Emily A. Oeser and Athletic Director Randy B. Sieminski.
It chronicles Oeser’s story to forgo a career in music to enroll in the Game Design and Development program and be one of the first female students to join the college’s esports team.
“Being a woman in esports is very daunting,” she said. “You have to really establish yourself; gaining the trust of your players is just a tad bit harder.”
Oeser and her five teammates are the 2018 “Overwatch” ECAC Champions.
As Northern New York's premier college for career-driven bachelor's degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs, SUNY Canton delivers quality hands-on programs in digital design, engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. As SUNY's leader in online education, SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 22 online degree programs. The college placed first in 14 categories in a SUNY-Wide Student Opinion Survey, most notably in career services, tutoring, library resources, and classroom facilities. The SUNY Canton Kangaroos 15 traditional athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference. SUNY Canton also features varsity esports and cheerleading.