The Newest Sport At Farrell

Written on 02/14/2020
Antonio Giannattasio

Esports Comes to Farrell                                                                                                                                            

The newest addition to Monsignor Farrell’s ever-growing list of extracurricular activities is our latest Esports team. This new activity is coached by Mr. Weir, and the games available to play competitively are popular multiplayer titles such as Overwatch, Rocket League, Super Smash Bros, and Fortnite. One of the founding members Nicholas Giuseffi '20 explained his reasons as to why he felt our school should start an Esports club:

"I have always been a fan of video games, especially on the competitive level. Competitive gaming and Esports, in general, continues to grow in popularity. I recently discovered the opportunity for scholarships that are granted to high school students and wanted to give that same opportunity to the students at Monsignor Farrell. I’m looking forward to the season ahead and glad to be able to start something new and exciting for Farrell students."

So far there are two teams for Overwatch competitions, the A-Team led by Nicholas Giuseffi '20 and the B-Team led by Andrew Scibelli '20. Andrew had to say this about the foundation of the team:

“Having such a great opportunity to do something I personally enjoy on an official level is such an amazing experience.”

Scholarships are also available when it comes to the official competitions. For the champions of each game, a $500 or $1000 scholarship is awarded to each member of the team depending on the tournament. For these Tournaments, Farrell will not only compete with local schools; they will compete nationwide—against schools from all across the country. Ryan Taylor '20 of the B-Team, described his thoughts on the nationwide competition:

“I think it’s great, it can really open your eyes to how big this community really is and it's incredible to get to test your skills against someone across the country.”