Esports spawns in school

From left, Nick Hook, Matthew Delk, Shareni Romero and Masyn Hotovy, part of Watervliet High School’s esports team “Scorched Earth” take part in a League of Legends scrimmage Tuesday against Buchanan students at Watervliet High School. The league includes 20 other schools in Berrien, Cass and Van Buren counties. 

WATERVLIET — Dan Soard paces back and forth behind a line of monitors as the steady drum of mouse clicks resonate in the computer room at Watervliet High School.

Five students are stationed beside one another, with large headphones and small microphones strapped to their heads. Everyone’s eyes are locked on the computer screens where the video game League of Legends is on display.

Esports spawns in school

Brodie Emery, part of Watervliet High School’s esports team “Scorched Earth” prepares for a League of Legends scrimmage Tuesday against Buchanan students at Watervliet High School.

Esports spawns in school

Masyn Hotovy, a member of Watervliet High School’s esports team “Scorched Earth” takes part in a League of Legends scrimmage Tuesday against Buchanan students at Watervliet High School.

Esports spawns in school

From back, Nick Hook, Matthew Delk, Shareni Romero and Masyn Hotovy, part of Watervliet High School’s esports team takes part in a League of Legends scrimmage Tuesday against Buchanan students at Watervliet High School. “There’s a lot more work to this than meets the eye,” Hotovy said. “I like that it’s a team game. I prefer to play with others.”