MIDLAND – Northwood eSports team won the 2023 Red Bull Collegiate Valorant National Championship in Chicago, earning the right to defend its world title Nov. 19-24 in Istanbul, Turkey.

“When we played our first semi-professional event as a collegiate team in August, I knew that we had something special this year — we were able to hang with tier 2 semi-pro teams! It was indicative that we were going to dominate the college championships,” said Jacob Jacob, assistant director of Northwood Esports and lead Valorant coach.

“Overall, the team played well and stuck to our game plan — the players should be proud about how they represented Northwood University.” Northwood Valorant defeated more than 50 of the best collegiate teams last year to win the 2022 Red Bull Campus Clutch World Final in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Jacob joined Matt Roush and Mike Brennan on MITech TV to provide the complete back story.

Esports is an umbrella for numerous competitive games, similar to a university’s athletics department is an umbrella for numerous traditional competitive sports. So Valorant is to an esports program what baseball is to a university’s traditional athletics program.

For more information about Northwood Esports, visit https://esports.northwood.edu/.