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NMSU hosts esports invitational, invites gamers across the state to compete 

David Castañeda
The 2024 Esports Invitational took place on April 6 and 7.

New Mexico State University’s Esports club hosted its third annual invitational, which invited students from all New Mexico middle schools, high schools, and other universities to Corbett Center Student Union on April 6-7. The event offered free entry to all gamers who wanted to participate and play any of the large variety of games the club had to offer, bringing together the gaming community across the state for an in-person competition.  

The Las Cruces Public School system has allocated more than a million dollars to fund and develop esports in public schools across the city. This commitment is what allowed so many different local schools to participate in the event with teams of their own, including Organ Mountain High School, Centennial High School, and the University of New Mexico.  

A few of the different games played included Valorant, Rocket League, and Super Smash Brothers Ultimate. Over 500 people registered for the event, and they were spread out across the second and third floors of Corbett. The students were able to eat at Taos Dining Hall courtesy of the university, in addition to food trucks and other vendors.

Gamers gathered in Pete’s Place to play Rocket League on April 7, 2024. (David Castañeda)

NMSU Esports also had a variety of merchandise on sale, including t-shirts and an exclusive entire-desk mousepad. They sold different card games and tabletop game products for the people who game outside of a console.  

Rocket League player and head photographer of the group, Aiden Bennett, discussed his role in the club and his experience at the event.  

“The teams here play amazing matches,” Bennett said. “The players, the emotions, everything — it’s worth it.” 

Throughout the invitational, there were many fire alarm drills on both Saturday and Sunday which required Corbett to be evacuated, disrupting the event. The operational team and club managers were able to get back on the rails each time, despite how many times the drills occurred.  

Chief Financial Officer and Overwatch team manager, Amanda Rodriguez, talked about the environment of the event and some of the trials that arose in helping to run such a large competition.  

“The atmosphere is pretty amazing right now,” Rodriguez said. “The fire alarms are quite unfortunate, but I think it’s quite meme-able.”  

One student from Organ Mountain Esports who visited the university for the competition was excited for the opportunity to experience the one-of-a-kind event at NMSU. 

Esports athletes use their downtime to play Super Smash Bros. April 7, 2024. (David Castañeda)

“NMSU is super fun, I was able to meet a lot more people than usual and find some really cool matches,” the student said. “I feel like esports is this very good community … a very welcoming community.” 

Rodriguez agreed that it was great to witness people being able to connect within a community who share similar interests as them.  

NMSU esports wrapped up the invitational on Sunday with many different teams winning in the championships for different games. As a whole, the event was able to help bring together the gaming community across New Mexico.  

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Kaden Martinez
Kaden Martinez, Staff Writer
Kaden Martinez is entering his first year at The Round Up as both a staff and a sports writing intern. This is his first time writing for a local publication (or any publication for that matter!). He is also entering his first year as a freshman majoring in Cybersecurity with a minor in Computer Engineering. Since his dad is in the military, he has moved all around New Mexico, having lived in Albuquerque, Springer, Maxwell, and finally Rio Rancho where he graduated. He is the oldest of three siblings. Kaden has always enjoyed writing, whether it was school related or as a hobby. He decided to become a member of The Round Up both to broaden his horizons and step out of his comfort zone by trying something new. Some of his interests include exercising, playing sports, video games, TV shows, and movies.
David Castañeda
David Castañeda, Multimedia Director
David Castañeda is starting his second year here at The Round Up, this being his first year as Multimedia Director. This is his second year at New Mexico State University and is majoring in Journalism & Media Studies. He was born and raised in El Paso, Texas as an only child but is extremely happy to be able to call Las Cruces his new home. David has had an affinity for photography since he was in elementary school and has only fallen deeper in love with the art through this job. Though David enjoys nothing more than to be behind a camera he loves to try to explore new hobbies and career options. He’s currently focused on improving his photography at The Round Up and working with the Multimedia Specialists to make the Multimedia team the best it can be. When he isn’t taking photos or editing them on Photoshop, David loves to spend his time with his 3-year-long girlfriend in their apartment where they frequently cuddle up in bed to watch some trash TV and films. On his own, he loves to play the bass and listen to music. His favorite artists are The Strokes and Gorillaz.    

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