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Esports prepping to start playing in its new home

TIME TO PLAY THE GAME—Here is the brand new gaming setup for the NMU Esports team in Harden Hall. Now the wait is on from COVID-19 to when they can use it. Photo courtesy of Mark Kirkendall.

Earlier in the semester, the North wind published an article about the newly formed EA Sports team. After months of construction on their room being drawn out and prepared, the room is finally ready for the team to use and practice in.

Unfortunately due to COVID-19 the team has yet to be able to practice in it at all; third year computer science major Mark Kirkendall commented on the second semester and the team finally being able to practice in the room. 

“We will be practicing the same except in person. COVID-19 permitting of course,” Kirkendall said.

Kirkendall talked about the building of the room and what the team was doing while the room was being built.

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“Of course over the semester we have remotely played while the room was being built,” Kirkendall said.

Kirkendall also talked about not being able to be inside the room, but said he was able to admire it from a distance when it was being built. Since the beginning of the construction, the team has been able to see picture updates of the room but really they haven’t been able to be in there as a team due to COVID-19 restrictions and the shutting down of the university this past week. 

Kirkendall talked alot about what the room’s features are in the previous article in which you can read here. Kirkendall this time talked about the computer system the team will be using in the gaming room.

“The computers in the lab are better than mine at home and it would be awesome to be able to start practicing with them,” Kirkendall said. He also talked about the computer system that is being used in the gaming room saying “The reason why the systems are great is because the parts they chose for the systems are fairly new and won’t need to be upgraded for a while.” 

So as the team looks to continue forward with their season they hope to get into their new gaming room as soon as the COVID-19 virus lets them.

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