Two Florida A&M University (FAMU) students were selected for an All-Star team to represent the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) at the 2021 Collegiate Esports National Championship (CENC).
The FAMU gamers, Sidney M. Lyght of Tallahassee and Miles Armstrong of Stone Mountain, Georgia, will compete in Super Smash Brothers Ultimate when the CENC will be held virtually on Thursday-Sunday, April 29-May 2. The event will air live on Twitch on the ECAC and NJCAAE main Twitch channels and re-air on linear TV on ESTV. There are also plans for a documentary to air either on ESPN or the CBS Sports Network.
“I’m just having more fun with a hobby that I had for a long time,” Lyght, a senior computer science student, said of the chance to compete nationally.
CENC brings together the best esports programs nationwide across the three game titles: Rocket League, Overwatch and Super Smash Brothers Ultimate. Schools will range from Power 5/65 schools to Division III. Additionally, a separate competition will be held crowning a two-year school from among community college esports powerhouses.
The MEAC All-Star team also includes gamers from Coppin State University, Morgan State University, and North Carolina Central University.
During the regular season, schools competed for automatic bids into CENC. There will also be at-large bids. All CENC Corporate Champion Partners will be involved with the qualifiers via the marketing campaign “An inside look into the road to CENC.”
“We are excited to bring together these amazing students to represent the MEAC and their institutions,” Sonja Stills, MEAC chief of staff/chief operating officer and Esports director, said. “This is a great opportunity to bring attention to our esports initiative for the MEAC, our member institutions and HBCUs.”