TCC Esports begins first season as NJCAA affiliate

Tallahassee Community College is joining hundreds of other schools by adding a team in a rapidly growing sports space — esports.

Freshman Mason Simmons, a Pennsylvania native majoring in accounting and TCC Esports team member, has been exposed to video games ever since childhood.

 “As early as I could remember, video games were all around me,” Simmons, 24, said after a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the TCC Lifetime Sports Complex’s new esports venue on campus Monday. “With Super Smash Bros, which is what I’m on the team for, I’ve been playing it since I was like 5.”

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The heightened popularity of esports — short for electronic sports — comes along with the increased accessibility of competitive gaming, which gives people the chance to live-stream video games using platforms such as YouTube and Twitch from the comfort of their home and across college campuses.

An esports world championship final in 2021 drew more than 73 million viewers, according to Statista, which is substantially more than the 16.5 million viewers for game 6 of the NBA Finals in 2021.

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