Gaming is much more than winning tournaments for this college esports player

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For Iona University Counter-Strike: Global Offensive team co-captain, Connor Wilkin, esports is about more than just gaming and winning tournaments, it also serves as an arena for friendship and personal growth.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (or, CS:GO) is a tactical first-person shooter multiplayer game. “The object of the game is, there [are] five people on each team [and] over there [are] two areas on the map,” explains Wilkin. “One side is trying to defend the territories while the other side is trying to attack the territories.”

Although the goals of the game seem simple, the student admits that there is always room for improvement. “I like that, no matter how good you get at it CS:GOyou always find people who are better than you, and there are always ways you can improve in the game.

But at the esports team tryouts, Wilkin proved himself to be one of the best players in college. “I was nervous when I heard there were tryouts,” Wilkin admits. “The trial process of joining the CS:GO team was basically, we all went to the esports room and played against each other – 5 vs 5 – and they decided who was the best on the teams. After tryouts, Wilkin was chosen as one of the team’s co-captains.

“The benefits of having another captain is that you have someone you really depend on and go to when you need help and [can] confidence,” says Wilkin of the co-captain. “It’s not just all the responsibility on you.”

Sharing responsibility and developing good communication skills are both important facets of Wilkin’s esports experience. “I used to play with random people, not really a set team and certain people I [could] really bond with it,” he shares. “[Whereas] here I can really grow as a team with people I know.”
When it comes to CS:GO, spotting enemies is a must. But for Wilkin, playing on the team has allowed him to find and nurture deep friendships. “I do think that gaming has changed my life,” says the co-captain. “I think it definitely showed me that I have to work hard to be good at something, and it’s also opened the doors to a lot of friendships I’ve met through the college esports team.”

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