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DC Lords Esports partners with Mobalytics

Performance analytics a game changer for varsity team

Oshawa, ON – The Durham Lords Esports team is excited to announce a new partnership with Mobalytics, an analytics-based gaming companion specific to League of Legends.

Durham College (DC) proudly boasts one of the strongest esports programs in the country, and with the addition of Mobalytics, student-athletes will have access to game-changing analysis identifying strengths and weakness based directly on their game play.

“I believe a partnership with Mobalytics will be very beneficial to both parties,” said Lords Esports manager Bill Ai. “I’ve been aware of them for a long time and know the significant benefit they can bring to a program, providing analytical data that will assist our coaching staff in preparing our players to compete on an even higher level.”

Through the use of GPI (Gamer Performance Index), DC gamers will have the opportunity to better understand their abilities across eight fundamental League of Legends skill sets: aggression; consistency; farming; fighting; objectives; survivability; versatility; and vision.

Based on insight into these key elements, DC Lords players can leverage this information to formulate strategies, practice regimens and improve performance.

Mobalytics will also serve as a tool to help identify talented players and future League of Legends recruits.

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About Durham College

With campuses in Oshawa and Whitby, Durham College (DC) offers over 11,000 full-time students access to more than 140 post-secondary programs, including four honours bachelor degrees and nine apprenticeship programs.

DC enables students to develop career-ready skills for the ever-changing job market by offering an exceptional college education. With a focus on experiential learning, led by experienced faculty, through field placements, applied research, co-ops and other hands-on opportunities, DC grads are known for having the skills and knowledge employers need.

At the Oshawa campus, the Centre for Collaborative Education brings together local, Indigenous and global communities, featuring the Durham College Spa, Global Classroom and interprofessional simulation and anatomy labs. The campus is also home to several of the college’s applied research centres, including the AI Hub, Centre for Cybersecurity Innovation and Mixed Reality Capture Studio. Additionally, the flexible, fully automated, and industrial-grade Integrated Manufacturing Centre serves as a model of the new standards in education in advanced manufacturing, mechatronics and engineering.

At DC’s Whitby campus, construction continues on the new Skills Training Centre. Designed to shine a spotlight on skilled trades training, innovation and education, this building will expand the college’s capacity to provide students with hands-on training, access to simulators and other forms of instruction in shop labs for carpentry, HVAC, welding, elevating devices, crane operation, automotive, millwright and plumbing, among others. 

The campus also features the W. Galen Weston Centre for Food, which includes the award-winning Bistro ’67, a full-service, teaching-inspired restaurant, and Pantry, a retail store featuring food grown and prepared by students in the college’s horticulture, culinary and cook apprenticeship programs.

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LoL Worlds Viewing Party

On Sunday November 10th the Durham College Esports Club alongside the Ontario Tech
University Esports Club held a Viewing Party for the League of Legends World Finals. Over 30
students attended the event and witnessed FunPlus Phoenix capture the championship 3-0 in a
best of five series. Attendees were able to go home with some merchandise thanks to our event
sponsors: Riot, Twitch, Uconnect, and HyperX. Thank you to all the students who attended and
made the event a success. For more information about the Durham College Esports Club join our
Discord server discord.gg/durhamesports or email us at DurhamEsportsClub@gmail.com


The Amuka Smash Cup

On November 9th and 10th the Durham College Esports Arena hosted the largest college run Super Smash Brothers tournament in Canada, with over 170 participants, and more then 200 people in attendance. In collaboration with Amuka Esports and Smashurai Dojo, the event gave out more then $5,000 in prizes to the top athletes competing. The biggest winner of the event was “Riddles” who won the Squad Strike, Doubles, and Singles tournament. His doubles partner “Blacktwins13” also finished 2nd in Squad Strike and Singles. Competitors came to the event from across Ontario, as well as New York, Michigan, and Quebec. For complete results from the tournament head here, or head over to the twitch page to watch some of the top match ups here.


DC Esports Gaming Arena hosts Ontario Collegiate Rocket League Finals

On August 24, esport student-athletes from 12 Ontario colleges and universities gathered at Durham College’s (DC) Esports Gaming Arena to compete in the Ontario Collegiate Rocket League (OCRL) Finals. A total of $7,000 in scholarship prizing was up for grabs in addition to the first-place title and – of course – bragging rights.

Co-produced by DC and OCRL, an entirely student-run organization, DC’s Esports Gaming Arena staff also offered mentorship throughout the event as students gained real-work experience for their resumés to help them gain employment in the fast-growing esports industry.

Fans were able to take in the action in-person thanks to the arena’s ample spectator space as well as online via Twitch, the world’s leading live streaming platform for gamers.

Although scholarship money eluded them, DC’s Rocket League players did achieve an upset in their bracket with a win over the second-seed Lambton College team, which knocked the Lambton Lions out of the tournament.

In the end, the Waterloo Warriors (University of Waterloo) took first place; Guelph Gryphons (University of Guelph) placed second; and third place went to the University of Toronto Varsity Blues.


Durham College Hosts Inaugural Ontario Collegiate Rocket League Finals

Saturday August 24th marked the culmination of the Ontario Collegiate Rocket League (OCRL) season. 13 collegiate teams from across Ontario came together in the Durham College Esports Arena to fight for the title, and the largest share of the $7,000 prize pool. After 6 hours of hard fought matches, University of Waterloo took the tournament, beating out the Guelph Gryphons in the Grand Finals. University of Toronto finished in 3rd place. The arena was also packed with 50+ specators, as well as booths from event sponsors TD, Monster Energy, and Durham College. The event is available to watch online at: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/471726235

By: Ben Bramly – Esports Arena Attendant


Esports Summer Camps – Fortnite Week

The new annual summer esports camps ran for the very first time at the Durham College Esports Arena. Varsity GM Bill Ai lead the camp, with 11 campers who had a week of gaming fun and skill improvement. While at the arena, the campers were able to meet new people and develop their team building skills as they competed with and against each other to improve their Fortnite technique. The campers also experienced different team building exercises, as well as nutrition lessons and technical skill improvement within the game. At the end of each camp day Bill would elect one lucky camper as the camper of the day. They were chosen by skill that day, or whether they were just the most welcoming and fun to be around. Overall, the campers had a wonderful time and hope to sign up for next years summer camp! Be sure to keep an eye out as more information will be available early 2020!

Raven Castaneda

Esports Attendant


OCRL Finals Announcements

Ontario Collegiate Rocket League (OCRL) and Durham College Esports Arena are excited to announce partnerships with Monster and TD for the upcoming OCRL Finals! TD will be providing collegiate teams participating with an opportunity to win their share of a $7,000 prize pool competing in the tournament. They will also be onsite with representatives! Monster will also be onsite with tons of free sampling and giveaways, as well as three Monster DxRacer chairs that will be raffled off at the event! The first chair can be won by marking yourself going to the event Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/events/326921917972667/). The other two chairs will be raffled live at the DC Esports Arena on August 24th at the OCRL Finals! Attendance is free for spectators so anyone is welcome to come watch the event, participate in giveaways, and meet the players!


New Games in the Arena

The variety never stops at the DC Esports Arena. We’ve now expanded our current console collection to include even more genres and different classics. On PS4 we’ve picked up classic RPG’s such as The Witcher 3 and Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 +2.5 HD ReMix. As well as our first console First Person Shooter, Star Wars Battlefront 2. On Xbox One we’ve added a few new fighter games such as Injustice 2, UFC 3 and Tekken 7 as well as popular FPS games like Halo 5: Guardians and Battlefield 1. Our game library is always expanding, and players can always bring their own games to play in our comfortable lounge. We’re always open to game suggestions to be added to our library, so if you see a game you’d want to see at the arena feel free to drop us a message over on discord: https://discord.gg/PHtJ8db or email esports@durhamcollege.ca

 


Super Savage Bi-Weekly #1

The Durham Smash Group has now provided a new bi-weekly tournament in the Durham College Esports Arena. The new event is the Super Savage Bi-weekly (SSB) and will be conducted by Durham’s own Rene Suarez. The event ran its first iteration on June 26 with a solid turnout for both Smash Ultimate and Smash Melee. Congrats to Tamim in winning Smash Ultimate’s Single Bracket and congrats to MG for winning the Smash Melee bracket. Shoutouts to BigDaddyD and Pokecheese for their close second place finishes. The next event for the Super Savage tourney will come later in July. If you need your smash fix before then, the Smashurai Dojo will be hosting their monthly tournament for Smash Ultimate this July 7 featuring Monster and Dreamhack Prizing! For more information check the facebook group out at:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/durham.smUsh/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/547130002030476/

or contact @RyanDCB or @CoolDudeRene on twitter!


Durham Esports Summer Camps Announcement

Durham College is proud to announce our first Electronic Sports (Esports) summer camps. Each week the College will offer gaming camps centered on self-improvement and team building as well as staying healthy while gaming. In these camps, our handpicked Esports coaches will provide assistance in teaching players skills in order to help each child grow in a competitive environment. They will learn and improve their game mechanics to give them an edge in whichever title they choose to play. These camps will range from a Console games focus in the first week, major Esports titles, and an exclusive girls week. The camps cost range from $250-$295 for the full week, and can also be paired with a meal plan option to insure your child receives proper nourishment during the camp.

For more information please visit the website or send us an email at esports@durhamcollege.ca. Hope to see you there.