September 26, 2020

BY RANDI CLARKE

As students, there can be a lot of times where you feel stressed out due to upcoming assignments and quizzes. There is a way for you to relieve some of that built-up tension though – Conestoga College’s own Campus Gaming League.

The Campus Gaming League (or CGL for short), is a great way for avid gamers (who also happen to be full-time, fee-paying students) to compete against rival colleges like Humber, Mohawk, Cambrian and Niagara and to represent Conestoga online throughout the province.

Zack Dodge, communications co-ordinator at Conestoga Students Inc., is in charge of the competition for Conestoga.

“The league matches have already begun online through Xbox Live every day at 12 noon in the Den above the Sanctuary. CGL began Feb. 10,” Dodge said. “Conestoga, Humber, Mohawk, Cambrian and Niagara College are all involved in the league. There is currently no need to travel and play campuses, all gameplay takes place online through Xbox Live using Xbox Ones.”

Call of Duty: Ghosts, FIFA 14, Killer Instinct and NBA 2K14 are the only games you can play in this tournament.

As for why he wanted to get this started at the college, Dodge said Conestoga has a very active and engaged gamer community.

“Through our Den, successful gamer club and a number of We Got Game events, our students proved they were ready for the next step,” he said. “All matches are played on equipment provided by We Got Game for free.”

We Got Game is a video game entertainment company that provides gaming events to campus and corporate clients.

“WGG brings gaming to students in the college and university system all around the province,” Dodge said. “They also host gaming tournaments and launch events with Microsoft.”

The Campus Gaming League is only available at the Doon campus for now as this is currently an innovative program for We Got Game. There are no prizes or trophies as of yet because there are still lots of kinks that need to be worked out. If the program is successful and returns in the fall, Dodge said prizes will certainly be considered.

If joining the Campus Gaming League sounds like something you’re interested in, contact Dodge at zdodge@conestogac.on.ca or visit the Den any day Monday to Friday at noon for league matches.

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