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Arizona Western College Esports Team Holds Grand Opening for Arena

Members of Arizona Western College’s esports team held a grand opening on Thursday for their arena on the main Yuma campus.

Esports describes the world of competitive, organized video gaming.

AWC esports head coach AJ Buchtel said there are 10 students on their team who will compete with students at other community colleges around the country in games including Valorant, Call of Duty, Madden NFL, NBA 2 K, FIFA Soccer, League of Legends, Fortnite, Overwatch, Rocket League and Hearthstone.

Joshua Montejano is on the AWC team and said the experience can’t be beat.

“I mean, what’s not to like?," Montejano said. "It’s fun. Being able to play competitively and have an area to just play and be allowed to hone our skills, it’s great.”

Buchtel said the team is full for the fall semester but interested students can email for the spring semester, when he hopes to double the team.

Victor is originally from West Sacramento, California and has lived in Arizona for more than five years. He began his print journalism career in 2004 following his graduation from Georgetown University in Washington D.C. Victor has been a reporter for the following daily newspapers: The Monterey County Herald, The Salinas Californian and the Reno Gazette-Journal, where he covered stories including agriculture, education and Latino community news. Victor has also served as a local editor for Patch, a national news organization with hyperlocal websites, in Carmichael, California in the Sacramento area. He also served as the editor for The New Vision, the newspaper for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson, which includes Yuma and La Paz counties. Victor lives in Somerton. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends and following most sports.
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