Bangor, Maine- July 10th, 2023 - Bye Blue Light is excited to announce its strategic partnership with Husson University Esports, a program that fosters a competitive environment while prioritizing the well-being of its student athletes. Husson University Esports provides a platform for student players to engage in team-based video game contests against other universities, competing in popular titles such as Super Smash Brothers, Overwatch, Rocket League, Valorant, and more.
State-of-the-Art Esports Center Enhances the Gaming Experience
Husson University's commitment to excellence is reflected in its state-of-the-art Esports Center, which opened its doors in the spring of 2022 and is already receiving an expansion for fall of 2023. The expanded center will boast 35 high-end PC setups and 5 console stations, with comfortable lounge seating, providing the student gamers with optimal conditions to showcase their skills. Each console station includes an Xbox Series X, a PlayStation 5, and a Nintendo Switch. Additionally, a dedicated streaming setup allows students to commentate, produce, and broadcast their teammates' matches. The Esports Center serves as a hub for various esports and gaming programs and events, fostering a vibrant gaming community on campus.
Achievements and Success of Husson University Esports
Husson University Esports has demonstrated remarkable achievements during the 2022-23 season, showcasing the dedication and skill of its student athletes. Varsity Super Smash Bros finished with an impressive 6-2 record, reaching the round of 16 in the playoffs. Varsity Valorant achieved a commendable 5-3 record and advanced to the round of 8 in the playoffs. Varsity Overwatch 2 displayed dominance with a 7-1 record, also making it to the round of 8 in the playoffs. Additionally, JV Rocket League showcased outstanding performance throughout the season.
Commitment to Vision Health and Player Well-Being
In recognition of the importance of vision health, Husson University Esports has partnered with Bye Blue Light to provide advanced blue light blocking technology to its student athletes. Bye Blue Light offers innovative solutions that mitigate the harmful effects of blue light radiation emitted by screens, ensuring the well-being and long-term eye health of the esports athletes. This partnership underscores the shared commitment to creating a safe and healthy gaming environment.
Quote from Daniel Define, Co-Founder of Bye Blue Light:
"We are thrilled to partner with Husson University Esports, a program that not only excels in competitive gaming but also prioritizes the well-being of their athletes," said Daniel Define, Co-Founder of Bye Blue Light. "Bye Blue Light is dedicated to promoting vision health within the gaming community, and this partnership allows us to support the talented players of Husson University Esports by providing advanced blue light technology. Together, we can create a safer gaming environment while helping athletes reach their full potential."
Building Leaders On and Off the Virtual Battlefield
Husson University Esports goes beyond gaming, fostering a sense of community and developing leaders among its student athletes. Through their academic endeavors, student athletes have been recognized with All-Academic Honors, with 30 students awarded in the Fall 2022 season and 23 students awarded in the Spring 2023 season. Furthermore, the student athletes have actively participated in charitable causes, raising funds for the Student Clothing Assistance Fund and Northern Light Hospital.
Quote from Andy Michaud, Assistant Esports Coordinator of Husson University:
"We are honored to receive the 2022-2023 Commissioner's Cup and grateful to the ECAC for choosing us as this year's recipients," said Andy Michaud, Assistant Esports Coordinator of Husson University. "Our student athletes have not only excelled in gaming but have also built an inclusive community and actively contributed to campus and community initiatives. This partnership with Bye Blue Light aligns with our commitment to student well-being and positions our athletes to engage in life-changing opportunities."
Bye Blue Light and Husson University Esports are united in their mission to elevate the gaming experience while prioritizing the health and well-being of esports athletes. Together, they will continue to support the growth of competitive gaming and advocate for vision health within the gaming community.
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