ALLIANCE, Ohio — The University of Mount Union’s varsity esports program has announced the addition of Super Smash Bros.: Ultimate and Valorant to its competitive offerings. The two titles join League of Legends, Overwatch and Rocket League.
Super Smash Bros.: Ultimate is the latest iteration of Nintendo’s wildly popular Super Smash Bros. franchise. With more than 21 million copies sold since its launch in 2018, Ultimate passed Street Fighter II as the best-selling fighting video game of all time.
Valorant, released in 2020 by developer Riot Games, is described as a multiplayer tactical first-person shooter boasting nearly three million players as of February.
“After the success we had in the fall season, we started looking into more titles to add to our varsity offerings for Fall 2021” said Derek Spinell, esports director and head coach. “Super Smash Bros.: Ultimate and Valorant were easily the top two requested games, and we're excited to integrate them into our growing program."
Mount Union’s esports program has found continued success since its inception in fall 2019, with six of its players earning All-Conference recognition and alumnus Jared Schulte earning Overwatch Player of the Year for 2019-2020. Students that participate in the University’s varsity level esports teams are eligible to receive a scholarship.