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Each week, listen to the voice of collegiate esports & video gaming—by students, for students. From varsity and club esports tournaments to college curriculums focused on gaming, CheckpointXP On Campus delivers more than just stats and scores.

Evil Geniuses Provide Esports Career Resources for College and High School Students

College students across the globe are looking for ways to make their break into the esports industry. But not every gamer is going to get a chance at playing in the big matches. Some students will coach those players, others will design the jerseys they wear. And some want to even design and create the…

UNLV Begins Expanding Into College Valorant and Rocket League

University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) has been pretty busy as far as esports go. They've been adding players to multiple games, such as Valorant and Rocket League. They have their first professional partner. They built a Valorant, A and B team. So, UNLV has had a very busy Summer break. Subscribe to CheckpointXP On…

How To Get Discovered in Esports | Intel Inspires Tournament

One of the top PC hardware brands in the world, Intel, joined forces with the American Video Game League (AVGL) to start "Intel Inspires". Intel Inspires is an "esports discovery showcase" where kids as young as 13 will play weekly matches culminating in a Nov 14th "combine-like" event. Intel says there's over $150k in scholarships…

Top College Esports Programs To Watch - Fall 2020

We here at CheckpointXP On Campus are in a constant state of research. With new esports programs popping up each semester, we try our best to bring news from all of them. But we know that it's a monumental task to find some of the top teams and follow them. So Norris and Jacob from…

Historically Black Colleges & Universities Esports Conference On The Horizon

As we approach the start of this school year, more schools are looking to diversify their extra-curricular and boost enrollment. Even before the outbreak, colleges were struggling to attract new students. Like many other schools, Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs) are turning to esports to increase their standing with Gen Z. So the new…

LCS Commissioner On League of Legend's New Plans For College Esports

The college esports space is huge, and unfortunately, unorganized. There is a multitude of college conferences, organizers, and events that make up the college scene. With so many variables, it made college esports notoriously hard to follow. But Riot Games and League of Legends are keenly aware of this and created their official "CLOL" tournament…

What To Expect With An Esports Class

During a recent episode of CheckpointXP On Campus, we discussed an esports minor degree at Northern Illinois University. Interest in gaming is growing with game streaming/esports growing and no sports for a couple major conferences in the fall. So NIU resolved to create a program that not only focused on coaching and strategy but also…

Can College Esports Fill The Void of College Football? | No Sports for Big Ten/Pac-12

The pandemic still continues to spread throughout the United States. In reaction, a number of college conferences decided to postpone their college sports seasons. The Big Ten and Pac-12 became the first Power Five conferences to decide the health risks were simply too great at the moment. The other three conferences in the Power Five…

$20K College Esports Tournament Hosted By Inven Global

College Esports continues to grow at a fever pitch. But with the prospect of many collegiate sports not returning in the fall the microscope is even larger on gaming. Numerous colleges are showing more interest in esports and more programs are popping up each semester. With this in mind, esports information outlet, Inven Global, resolved…

Bill To Ban US Army From Recruiting On Twitch Fails

Recruitment to the armed forces still remains somewhat of a complex issue in America. While service members deserve our eternal respect, many still bristle at the U.S.' recruitment strategy. The divide between gamers and our armed forces became evident over the past month. The US Army Twitter and Twitch streams drew criticism for a cavalier…

Historically Black Colleges & Universities Enter Esports with Degrees and Teams

As the world of esports continues to grow the issue of representation continues to spread as well. With more and more universities investing in esports, Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs) lag behind in esports. But Professor John Cash and Johnson C Smith University are trying to change all that. Professor Cash joined Norris Howard…

Ten States Battle at the Southern Esports Invitational

The new school year is quickly approaching and universities across North America are grappling with how to serve their students. But regardless if kids are on campus or not, one region of the US will still have a major invitational tournament coming soon, the South. The Southern Esports Invitational aims to dominate the fall but…

Ubisoft Officially Supports FACEIT Rainbow Six Siege Tournaments

Ubisoft and FACEIT are joining forces to bring an official collegiate Rainbow Six Siege tournament to North American campuses. Rainbow Six's thriving community is being rewarded with even more support from its developer. In a blog post to their official site, Ubisoft broke down the two-tiered system for their season. The big draw will more…

How To Get a Job in Esports | New Careers in Esports

Clemson is one of the most recognizable sports schools in the US so having an esports team was inevitable. However, they are still only a club sport and do not have varsity recognition from the university. One person trying to change that as soon as possible is Jared Montgomery. He's a marketing major at Clemson…

FGC and Super Smash Bros. Community Allegations and the Future of the FGC

The CheckpointXP On Campus crew welcomes back UNLV Alum, Daniel Agbuya to discuss the serious topic about the allegations against many in the FGC community, specifically the Super Smash Bros. community. How will the community get past these allegations and how can they prevent these things from happening in the future.

Hyper Scape Does NOT Need To Be An Esport

Every year since the rise of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, the battle royale genre's been a stable of streamers everywhere. However, the transition to sustainable esport has yet to come for the genre. Fortnite and PUBG have seen some successful events but nothing's shown staying power. Ubisoft is now throwing its hat into the BR realm with…

PlayVS Breaks Into Collegiate Fortnite

This week on CheckpointXP On Campus: The dynamic duo of CPOC return with a special guest. We talk to Zachary Snader of PlayVS about how they are supporting their colligate Fortnite season. Also, what would a minor degree in Esports look like? And lastly, Jacob shares what he thinks should be the new mascot for…

The Heart of Texas

In our first show with a dynamic duo, we start it off with Kaitln Teniente talking to us about being one of the first female esports coaches in Texas. We also breakdown a partnership between Gen G Esports and Eastern Michigan University and lastly Jacob tells us about his experience trying out for a Valorant team!  Teniente's Texas St. Mary's University in…

A Tale of Two Finals

PlayStation 5 Reveal Delayed, The Collegiate StarLeague Grand Finals recap, and a farewell to Daniel. As we recap the CSL Grand Finals we also bid farewell to one of our hosts Daniel Agbuya. He’s graduating and moving on to even greener pastures. But that doesn’t mean we don’t get his opinion of the PS5 first!  CSL Finishes…

Collegiate StarLeague 2020 Grand Finals Special

This week on CheckpointXP On Campus: This week it's all about the Collegiate StarLeague Grand Finals 2020 this weekend where we talk to some of the players and casters involved with the big event. We talk to caster Rob “Reforgg” Gonzalez about Magic The Gathering: Arena and some folks from the University of Illinois on…

CoD Conclusion & College Conferencing

This week on CheckpointXP On Campus: The crew recap the finals of College Call of Duty where Concord University took on Texas A&M. We also bring in three members of the Michigan Esports Conference to talk about why conferencing is so important to college esports. That and much more on this week’s episode. 

Collegiate Clash Conclusion & The Tide Rolls In

This week on Checkpoint XP On Campus: The guys recap the Overwatch Collegiate Clash championship weekend and talk to Austin “CoolABC” Walch of Utah about their big win. We also bring in The University of Alabama’s esports student advisor to see what it’s like to place esports in a school where football is king. That and more on this week’s CheckpointXP On Campus.