One year ago, the Esports Team Twente (ETT) was founded as the newest official UT student team. They had a rough start due to COVID, but the team has truly established itself as an emerging pearl in the middle of the Dutch gaming and esports network. So far, already more than 30 students have been working for ETT in a wide variety of roles, from managers to designers, from athletes to researchers.
Knowledge transfer between the University and Twente and society is one of the key goals of the UT. Therefore, the team uses its knowledge and expertise to make a difference in the world. Perhaps the best example of this is the collaboration with the Royal Netherlands Navy on applying lessons learned from esports to contribute to army personnel training.
Games offer a reproducible, high-stress environment where teams have to maneuver in complex missions to win; an ideal situation to test and train team- and communication skills, such as leadership or decision-making. Together with the Esportslab, led by Guido Bruinsma, ETT is working on developing a workshop that will effectively use gaming to train such skills for training applications.
Esports Team Twente is committed to showing people that Twente has much to offer for both students or organizations that are interested in gaming or esports. By hosting the largest student League of Legends tournament with over 130 participants, they showcased Twente’s large gaming community. The team is also organizing a showcase of esports research at the UT and is working together with Sportaal (sports company of the municipality of Enschede) to promote healthy gaming for all kids in Twente.
In the coming years, Esports Team Twente wants to expand further and work on challenging esports-related projects, wherein they collaborate with both local and large partners. In this way, they want to push innovation and professional development of the gaming scene.
Most importantly, they want to keep showing that Twente is the place to be for anyone interested in gaming!
Esports Team Twente is always looking for talented players and new team members. Are you interested in representing Twente on the big stage or work in one of their many functions?