Kilgore College student Ty Engledowl, of Tatum, took home first prize and a $1,500 KC Scholarship at the college’s “Clash for College” gaming tournament April 27.
The gaming tournament, hosted by the KC Gamers Guild, awarded $4,000 in KC scholarships as prizes for the top five winners of the tournament.
Open to KC students and high school juniors and seniors, it featured Overwatch for Xbox in a one-versus-one double-elimination format.
Brandon Fugler, a senior at Kilgore High School, earned second place and a $1,000 KC scholarship.
Receiving $500 KC scholarships were Emmanuel Gonzalez, third place (senior at KHS); John Galindo-Ingle (junior at White Oak High School); and Nolan Martin, KC student (from Kilgore).
Winners of the tournament are also eligible to join KC’s new collegiate eSports team school next year.
“Collegiate eSports competitions are growing nationwide,” said Dr. Ginger Dennis, Program Director for Computer and Information Technology (CIT).
“We are hoping to attract students who are serious about competitive gaming and who will help us form a winning, competitive eSports team.”
Mark Stephens (CIT instructor) and Heather Fitch (English instructor) are sponsors of the Game Club at KC.
Game design courses at KC:
For students interested in pursuing a career as a video game developer, the Computer and Information Technology (CIT) department at KC offers courses in computer programming that can lead to a career in game development.
Courses at KC include ITSE1333 (Mobile Applications Development) and GAME1303 (Introduction to Game Design and Development).
These courses are part of a one-year certificate in Software Support and a two-year associate’s degree in Software Development and Support.
“We teach C/C++ heuristics, best practices, and design patterns via graphical and game design," said Mark Stephens, CIT instructor who teaches software development.
"This approach stokes the students’ passion for software development while also providing them direct experience in the 100+ billion dollar gaming industry."
PHOTO, LEFT TO RIGHT: Nolan Martin, 5th Place (Kilgore); John Galindo-Ingle, 4th Place (White Oak); Emmanuel Gonzalez, 3rd Place (Kilgore); Brandon Fugler, 2nd Place (Kilgore); and Ty Engledowl, 1st Place (Kilgore).