By Colt Antle
The Pueblo County High School Esports (Electronic Sports) team had a banquet to celebrate their first season, to hand out varsity letters, and their team as a whole in the Commons area, on December 13.. Esports is an activity taking place all over the world that started back in 1972, and then began growing significantly in popularity around the 2010s.
Esports teams usually consist of three to six people, but this varies from game to game. These teams then play video games, usually multiplayer games, like league of legends and rocket league, or fighting games , like tekken and smash bros. Teams then play these games competitively with the goal of winning a tournament and obtaining a cash prize to brand deals with companies. This will range from millions of dollars, to brands with companies like Coca Cola or Mountain Dew . This also just so happens to be PCHS’ first Esports team, so overall the first season went well.
The party started off with the Coach, Henry Grossen, giving a speech about the season and how the first year went and what to expect for the future. When asked what they thought of the event, freshman Jaiden Cosatto said, “It was amazing.”
In total the whole team received letters for their outstanding achievements, and great support when it came to games. After Receiving their letter, freshman Jackson Dilka remarked “Wow I didn't think I would get one, I sat on my butt and played video games and got a reward for it.”
The banquet continued on for about an hour with parents meeting the team and the whole team enjoying the party. Eventually the party started to die down and people started to exit the school. Soon the coach had to leave too ,along with plenty of leftover sweets and food from the party.
After the banquet was finished freshman Ezra Ellazando was asked what his favorite part of the season was. He responded by saying, “My favorite part was playing games I was good at with players that were also good at, and being part of a team.” That last part sums up the whole experience very well, being part of a team.