West Islip gamer to compete in Esports nationals


West Islip resident Ryan Walker will compete in the college Esports Rocket League nationals on April 29. Walker, Class of ’22, and his teammates Dylan Zerafa, Class of ’25, and Jake Teto, Class of ’24, will compete against 16 college Rocket League teams from around the country. The Rocket League video game is soccer with cars that can fly. Players use “boost” –a tool that allows them to increase their speed when moving forward or fly for a short amount of time — in an enclosed soccer field. Last summer, Iona completed renovations to its new esports room, which is equipped with computers, modems, gaming chairs and televisions that offer a quality gaming experience. Besides Rocket League, there are teams for “Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Overwatch,” among others.


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