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The OU department of Esports & Co-Curricular Innovation has been in development since 2016 and launched in Fall 2020. It is the development center for the largest gaming community at OU, academic curriculum development, research initiatives, and everything needed within esports for a path to industry approach.

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Indie Houses and the Future of Indie Games

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Indie games are awesome. Watching a creator or small team make something totally unique usually results in an amazing game. But do you know what is even better? When independent developers and publishers come together to showcase these  incredible games and raise money for worthy causes. In the past few years,…

UPDATED: A Day Off Twitch, Twitch Files Against Raiders

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On September 1st, Streamers took a stand against Twitch, the popular streaming platform, as they grappled with hate raids. Twitch Streamer SwiftIke plays Mario64 Hate raids occur when people create accounts en masse, and then use these accounts to spout hateful things at creators, specifically minority and LGBT creators. They…

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300+ Students and $4000+ in Prizes at OU Gaming Club Back to School Event

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After the first full week of classes, the University of Oklahoma’s Gaming Club had its back to school weekend, a three day event filled with games, food, prizes, and community.Videography by Mike "Moog" Aguilar, Montana "The Kubrickian" Sullivan, Zachary "Thunderbird" Satz, and Elise "Elisu" Siler. Video editing by Quaide ParkerThe…

Back to School 2021! Events, Giveaways, Fellowship!

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LAST UPDATED: 8.25.21 @ 5PM Make no mistake, the last 18 months have been chaotic for the entire world. All of us want to believe we're almost done with this, but that is far from the truth right now. That aside we are back on campus, we are being cautious,…

AUTHOR OPINIONS

OU Gaming Club From the Perspective Of A Non-Gamer

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"This past weekend, I had a unique opportunity to participate with the OU Gaming Club." Anita Ly, OU MBA alumna and self-declared non-gamer, shares her perspective as a non-gamer but avid supporter of the OU Esports Department and Gaming Club. Left to right: Zachary Satz, Brandon Villarreal, Christopher Nguyen, and…

The Potential of Esports at the Olympics

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to the world stage, after a year's delay due to Covid-19. They are happening now in Tokyo, Japan. There are so many amazing events to watch! For everyone around the world, sports fans or not, it’s a time to set aside our differences and watch the best of the best…

INTERVIEWS

So You Want to Play With Culture?

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Back in 2017, as a former mariachi violinist living near the US-Mexico border, I was shocked to see Mario playing guitar while wearing Mexican outfits. At first, I thought that someone like me who was living in the middle of these two countries could use the game to reconnect with…

Student Spotlight: Josh “Coach Thumper” Riesenberg

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talks about gaming, his history with the club, and the next chapter of OU Esports into its new era. Josh joined the OU esports club to help out a friend, but it soon became much more than that. Soon after, Josh became Coach Thumper, head of the Overwatch team. He…

REVIEWS

The Long Drive – Video Review

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"It's not a game. It's an experience.Media Member Jared "Fudgey" Leger reviews & discusses The Long Drive, an early access title available now on Steam. It describes itself as a "random generated open world semi-post apocalyptic survival car driving game." But could better be described as a glimpse into the…

NUTS Review

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From publisher Noodlecake and indie developer Joon, Pol, Muutsch, Char & Torfi, NUTS is an investigation game with some fascinating twists that certainly set it apart from other games trying to invoke that same feeling of intrigue. The game’s premise is a curious one – you are a recent graduate…

PHILANTHROPY

OKC PAL Rocket League Tournament Fundraiser

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This is a follow-up article to the PAL article. If you would like to know more about PAL and how it got started, click here.    On March 27, OKC PAL hosted its first-ever esports fundraiser, a Rocket League tournament featuring professional teams. Not only was the exciting tournament hosted…

OKC Police Athletic League Esports

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Including information on the OKC PAL Spring 2021 Fundraiser below!When people typically think of school sports, they will think of traditional sports like football, basketball, or soccer. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit the U.S. in early 2020, traditional school sports were shut down and many had no idea what to…

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Sooner Esports represents a research and practicum initiative from our parent organization, OU Esports & Co-Curricular Innovation + OU Gaming Club. Many things are being developed at OU in the context of the industry of esports and gaming. We’re excited about these opportunities and hopefully, we can keep your attention as we unfold all of our broad and narrow initiatives coming out of this organization on our journey to further formalization at OU and in our state. You can learn more HERE.