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Stinger Esports placed on probation until May 2020 for multiple violations

The Stinger Esports team faces Rocklin High School in Overwatch during the Bear Cup Collegiate Tournament July 28 at Cal Expo Fairgrounds. The club received a cease and desist letter Oct. 17 for violation of SO&L guidelines for membership, including representing Sac State at tournaments.

Mack Ervin III

October 25, 2019

Stinger Esports was placed on probation until May 31, 2020 after a Student Organizations & Leadership investigation found the group to be in violation of the Student Organization Handbook.  The violations involved membership registration and election procedures, according to a PDF from SO&L. The group was served a...

SO&L serves Sac State Stinger Esports club cease and desist letter

The Stinger Esports team faces Rocklin High School in Overwatch during the Bear Cup Collegiate Tournament July 28 at Cal Expo Fairgrounds. The club received a cease and desist letter Oct. 17 for violation of SO&L guidelines for membership, including representing Sac State at tournaments.

Mack Ervin III

October 17, 2019

Sacramento State’s Stinger Esports club was issued a cease and desist letter by Student Organizations & Leadership (SO&L) Thursday and canceled some of their upcoming events, according to a member of the club. An announcement was posted on the Stinger Esports Discord server Thursday at 5:41 p.m....

Sac State Stinger Esports club continues to grow

Marc Alfonso and Gabriel Ionica, members of the Stinger Esports team, play a video game Tuesday, Oct. 15 at the University Union Game Room. The club currently has over 400 members according to Director Donna Walters.

Ashton Byers

October 17, 2019

The Stinger Esports club began about two years ago and is quickly evolving into a very popular group on Sacramento State’s campus. Stinger Esports was founded in the fall of 2017 by Nick Palsgaard, who graduated from Sac State with his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in the spring a...

SPORTS PODCAST: Stinger Esports director BasicTaq on what it takes to make a team

The Stinger Esports team faces Rocklin High School in Overwatch during the Bear Cup Collegiate Tournament July 28 at Cal Expo Fairgrounds. The club received a cease and desist letter Oct. 17 for violation of SO&L guidelines for membership, including representing Sac State at tournaments.

Will Coburn, Ashton Byers, and Shaun Holkko

October 9, 2019

Stinger Esports Director Donna “BasicTaq” Walters, director of business administration for Sacramento State’s Associated Students, Inc., co-founded the team in the fall of 2017. The team is now competing at the collegiate level in Overwatch and League of Legends. In this podcast, Walters talks...

Sac State esports team competes in California State Fair tournament

The Stinger Esports team faces Rocklin High School in Overwatch during the Bear Cup Collegiate Tournament July 28 at Cal Expo Fairgrounds. The club received a cease and desist letter Oct. 17 for violation of SO&L guidelines for membership, including representing Sac State at tournaments.

Alex Daniels, Sports editor

July 28, 2019

The Stinger eSports team was eliminated first in the Overwatch Collegiate eSports Tournament during the California State Fair at Cal Expo after a 2-0 loss to Rocklin High School Saturday. Overwatch, which involves two teams of six players, has each player selecting their own “hero” from a lis...

Stinger eSports club builds community with support from industry partners

From left to right, Nick Palsgaard, Donna Walters, and Paul Mello stand near the library quad near their booth during club rush. They, along with club members, work toward expanding eSports at Sac State by competing in gaming tournaments.

Jose Fabian

February 10, 2019

Stinger eSports, formed in fall 2017, is Sacramento State’s home club for casual and competitive players for a variety of video games. With the goal of creating a dedicated esports program, the club has competed in collegiate tournaments and formed partnerships within the esports industry. I...

Students reflect on connection between esports, college

Sacramento State freshman finance major Anthony Thao plays “League of Legends” in the University Library on campus.

Gabriel Ionica

December 11, 2017

Video games have moved beyond the living room and into the mainstream with the rise of competitive tournaments and fans within esports. I would know, esports are why I took an interest in journalism. As a long-time gamer, I wanted to get into the professional side of esports as soon as I learned about ...