Action on laptop and monitor screens heated up Sitterson Hall on a rainy Saturday morning during the 2018 Spring Gamefest.
The biannual gamefest was held by UNC Esports, the largest video gaming club on campus. The student organization has 400 to 500 active members ranging from undergraduate students to alumni.
“We have competitive events for League of Legends, Dota 2, Overwatch, Rocket League,” said Shane Steele-Pardue, co-president of UNC Esports. “Whatever game you name it, we basically have a competition for it.”
UNC Esports officially began Gamefests in 2014. Over the years, it has become a home for video game lovers who are passionate about a variety of games, from hardcore competitive games to smaller casual ones.
“Video gaming is probably one of the only sources of entertainment where you have to actively participate,” said Irene Zhou, co-president of UNC Esports and design staffer for the DTH. “So for things like watching a movie, you just have to passively participate. You just have to wait for things to come to you. Of video gaming, it’s a highly interactive process, which I think is more engaging for a lot of people.”