New club helps gamers find their niche

Taylor Fowler, Features Editor

Four Pitt-Johnstown students are to establish a new campus club for video gamers.

Students Mike Friel, Stefan Giconi and Matt Hurst have proposed the UPJ E-Sports Club, sponsored by professor Jeremy Justus.

Student Ben Grieco also is involved in the club’s organization.

“There’s generally a ton of interest,” President Friel said. “It was really popular, even before we came up with the idea.”

Group members play games such as League of Legends, Dota 2 and Starcraft 2.

Members are to organize casual and competitive players for each game.

A club interest meeting was held Feb. 19 in Blackington Hall. Over 30 potential members attended.

“We just have to turn the form in at this point,” Friel said. “Then we get everything started.”

Vice President Giconi said the group’s intention is to bring people together.

“We wanted to provide a comfortable environment for e-sports enthusiasts of all kinds to learn, discuss and, of course, play,” Giconi said. “We’re really excited to get this club rolling.”

Freshman Allison Rizzo said she is excited for the club.

“I grew up playing video games,” she said. “I like to learn something new, and this is something new.”

Members are waiting for approval from Student Life. They are then to set a date for weekly meetings.

Officers are to inform students as the club gets underway.