Technology Solutions Provider Continues as Primary Team Sponsor
Dave Shapiro ’99, LVC’s esports director of operations, and Stephan Van Der Ploog, Candoris president and chief accountability officer, announced that the College’s eSports program signed a three-year partnership agreement that runs through the 2021–2022 academic year. Candoris, a Pennsylvania-based technology solutions provider, was the first-ever sponsor for LVC, Pennsylvania’s first varsity intercollegiate eSports team.
The Candoris extension means that student-athletes on the College’s nine eSports teams will continue to sport the Candoris logo on their jerseys, and the company’s banner will be displayed in the competition arena for all practices and matches, the latter which air live on Twitch.TV. The Dutchmen compete on Candoris-supplied gaming platforms using Alienware’s Aurora liquid-cooled computers. They use Alienware’s top-of-the-line monitors that sport 240Hz refresh and 1ms response time. LVC is a member of the National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE), competing in Call of Duty, Counter Strike, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Hearthstone, League of Legends, Overwatch, Paladins, Rocket League, and Smite.
“We’re proud to support Lebanon Valley College as an esports leader in Pennsylvania and throughout the nation. The LVC team hasn’t just succeeded in competition; they’ve become a role model for other colleges and high school programs. We’re excited to extend our corporate and community partnership with them to encourage their competitive successes and increase their impact in providing a strong educational experience for their students.” – Stephan Van Der Ploog, Candoris President and Chief Accountability Officer
LVC’s eSports program is quickly growing, adding two sports—Call of Duty and Paladins—this fall. And, in late April, Elliott Kleckner ’18, M’20 (Hearthstone), was named team MVP at the College’s Annual All-Sports Reception. Kleckner, who graduated in 2018 with an economics degree and is enrolled in the College’s MBA Program, was also named MVP for the men’s tennis team. He went 4-0 in conference play to help lead the team to the MAC Commonwealth Semi-Finals.