Thursday, July 1, 2021
Seton Hall University is proud to announce that Victor Gomez '17, has been selected as the Seton Hall esports manager, effective July 1, 2021. The creation of a full-time esports manager position is the first for a BIG EAST university and reaffirms Seton Hall’s commitment to engaging students.
An accomplished alumnus of Seton Hall University, Mr. Gomez has been instrumental to the founding, creation, and growth of the Gaming Sector club and the current esports program at Seton Hall. The Seton Hall Gaming Sector club was less than a year old when Gomez joined in 2013 – the same year that the United States officially recognized esports players as professional athletes. Esports were beginning to explode on campuses around the country, and Seton Hall’s teams started training to compete and entering regional tournaments. “Since I have been involved, Victor has been instrumental in pushing this program ahead, educating me on the business of esports, and getting the program formally recognized by the University,” said Paul Fisher, associate chief information officer.
“Prior to 2019, he was instrumental on placing the club program into the spotlight that gained recognition from major game developers and others across the industry, “said Fisher. A high point for Gomez came in 2015, when Riot Games flew him and other collegiate leaders to Santa Monica for a “League of Legends” Collegiate Summit. Gomez offered the company his opinions, talked about the gaming scene on campus, and networked with other leaders in the industry. Seton Hall was one of just 9 schools from the northeast selected to attend the summit, and the only one from New Jersey.
The past two years have been an action-packed tale of grit, partnerships, and hard work at Seton Hall University. The University unveiled its Rocket League and League of Legends teams and their new esports lab. A base of operations that has served them well from the launch of the program and through the global pandemic. The team has already claimed success as the first BIG EAST tournament champion in the 2018 ESL Rocket League Winter Invitational and the 2020 Big East League of Legends Championship. Seton Hall’s esports teams are emerging as conference-leading competitors in the growing world of esports – and thanks to a new facility and esports manager, they now have a well-equipped home and leadership. “I am confident, that together with this team, we will all be able to achieve the goals we’ve set out for the esports program at Seton Hall,” said Fisher.
For Gomez, the opportunity to serve as the inaugural esports manager will allow him to unite the goals of the esports program with Seton Hall’s Harvesting our Treasure strategic plan. “It is an honor and a dream come true as well as a lesson in determination that I hope to impart on our students” Gomez said. “I am excited to grow our program, highlight our players, and I look forward to the opportunity to collaborate with the campus community and continue our success” Gomez added.
To learn more about the Seton Hall esports program, visit www.shu.edu/esports
About Seton Hall Esports
A leader in the field, Seton Hall has had an esports club team since 2013. Among the first University gaming organizations in the state of New Jersey to be recognized, the team has been asked by a number of gaming organizations to provide insight into the future of collegiate gaming. The Seton Hall Esports team has played a pivotal role in the shaping and formation of league-sanctioned collegiate play. In November 2019, the University completed construction on a state-of-the-art computer lab and esports facility with dedicated and optimized computers for students' recreational and competitive use. The Pirates are Spring 2020 ESL-Big East League of Legends Champions, the 2020 BIG EAST-MAAC Esports Tournament Rocket League Champions, and the 2018 Big East Inaugural Rocket League Winter Invitational Champions.
About the BIG EAST
The BIG EAST Conference is an association of 11 nationally prominent colleges and universities that foster healthy athletic competition, community service and the pursuit of excellence in academic environments. The athletic programs of BIG EAST institutions provide national-caliber participation opportunities for more than 4,100 student-athletes on over 200 men's and women's teams in 22 sports. Established in 1979 and headquartered in New York City, the BIG EAST's members are located in eight of the country's top 36 largest media markets and include Butler University, University of Connecticut, Creighton University, DePaul University, Georgetown University, Marquette University, Providence College, St. John's University, Seton Hall University, Villanova University and Xavier University. For more information, visit www.bigeast.com.
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