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It’s a game described as “soccer, but with rocket-powered cars,” and a team from Windsor, Ont., is so good at it, they’re representing Canada this week at the first-ever Commonwealth Esports Championships in England .
St. Clair College’s Rocket League team will compete against seven other countries, including England, Kenya, India, Jamaica, Wales, Australia and South Africa, at the first event in Birmingham, England.
“We’re very confident going into the games,” Josh “Comp” Byrne said, speaking to CBC’s Windsor morning from across the pond.
“It feels really good. Our atmosphere is really nice. But yeah, overall we’re just confident going into this week.”
The team secured their spot to represent Team Canada in the inaugural championship after winning big at The Gaming Stadium’s Rocket League Open event in April.
Rocket League is a multiplayer, arcade-style video game that has grown in popularity.
“It’s easy to pick up,” says Ben “Spoods” Talbot, who is also on the team.
“A lot of youth sports are hard to get into because they’re kind of abstract, hard to understand if you don’t play video games. But Rocket League having a kind of sports aspect makes it easier to watch.”
Windsor morning7:33St. Clair Rocket League team
Byrne said he never thought he’d be playing esports at the university level, let alone in a championship representing Canada, but said he’s glad esports and gamers are getting recognition.
“We sit on a chair, we play a lot, but it takes a big mental toll for sure,” he said. “That’s where it gets you.”
Talbot said competing in the games is like fulfilling his dream of being like Sidney Crosby in the Olympics.
“Commonwealth Games is kind of closely aligned with an Olympic Games-type event, so for us it’s huge to be able to bring esports there,” Talbot said.
“I think going forward, with a pioneering approach to this, I’m hoping if it goes well and you know, viewership is good, that they can expand into different games, and it’s been amazing. The experience has been great.”
The Commonwealth Esports Championships are from August 3rd to August 7th.