Esports summer camp at WMU lets youth hone skills, explore growing industry

They spend their days in a virtual world, but the competitive nature of gamers is very real. For one week, Western Michigan University is giving kids a glimpse at what a future in professional gaming could look like.

WMU offered its first series of esports summer camps in June and July, just months after debuting a state-of-the art esports arena on campus spurred by President Edward Montgomery’s Transformational Initiative Fund.

“It’s an amazing setup. It reminds me of a bunch of the esports leagues and what actually goes on during them,” says 16-year-old Zaire Spencer, a rising junior at Bloomfield Hills High School in suburban Detroit. “There’s wonderful technology and it’s just a way to get you in a mindset of what it feels like to be a professional gamer.”

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