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Game on: Southfield's Lawrence Tech turns meeting room into esports arena

The Associated Press

Southfield – Lawrence Technological University has turned a former meeting room into a high-tech haven for video game players.

The university says the new LTU eSports arena in Southfield features 12 computers with monitors; a coach’s station; and a large TV for spectators to watch and for players to go over replays after a competition.

Connor Nguyen, at right, and Griffin Williams, second from right, compete in a "Super Smash Bros. Melee" tournament Aug. 25, 2017, at the Shine eSports festival at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston. Williams is captain of an esports team at the University of California, Irvine.

The school’s arena was developed by the Southfield school and Yellow Flag Productions, a Southfield-based media company that produces shows including a weekly program on Michigan high school sports. Lawrence Tech also hosts an annual esports tournament for high school teams.

Dean of Students Kevin Finn says in a statement that esports offer “an opportunity for a student to represent their university, wear the school colors and compete in high-level competitions.”