The St. Clair College Student Representative Council Inc. (SRC) has reached an agreement with Esports Gaming Events (EGE) co-founders Shaun Byrne, Sten Dragoti, Will Girard, and Shane Perron to acquire leading esports event companies in Canada and all of its assets. The assets will be absorbed by Saints Gaming, the varsity esports team that was launched by the SRC in September.
Esports, also referred to as competitive video gaming, has seen tremendous growth in recent years. St. Clair College is the first school in Canada to introduce a varsity esports program to the collegiate atmosphere. In the United States, there are 60 varsity esports programs within colleges and universities.
“This move will put more resources at our disposal and strengthen our position as a leading esports organization in Canada,” said Shaun Byrne, Esports Director with Saints Gaming and former CEO of Esport Gaming Events. “St. Clair College and EGE have been working together to grow the esports community for years and this will help to increase the pace at which that growth continues”
“Not only will this agreement increase our foothold in the esports industry, it will help us add to student life by having access to these resources to create new programming centred around video gaming for the student body at St. Clair College,” said Colin Topliffe, Vice President of Student Life of the SRC. He added, “we look to stay current with the events and activities we offer our students and this will definitely create new opportunities for us to accomplish that.”
Saints Gaming recently launched an esports training facility on campus, currently being referred to as ‘The Nest’. Much of the equipment acquired through the deal is already being put to use in the facility. In addition, Saints Gaming has events planned throughout the year where the resources will become invaluable including the St. Clair College Xmas LAN in December, No Man’s LAN in March and Saints Gaming Live in the Spring.