Florida Southern College expands ‘Snake Pit’ gaming area

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Florida Southern College has expanded and upgraded its on-campus facilities for community-based computer gaming by creating a large esports arena.

The newly transformed space, known for years as the Snake Pit — in reference to the college’s Mocs team name — will continue to carry that name, the school said in a news release. Mocs esports teams occasionally will use the new arena for varsity tournament play, but its primary purpose is to accommodate gaming by the general student population.

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The new esports arena features 30 gaming stations, with additional seating for students who use gaming consoles. Projection technology will be available for varsity and community competitions, and furnishings will be movable to make space for in-person spectators and to allow for additional versatility during events.

Members of the Mocs Esports League of Legends varsity team recently competed for the first time in the finals of the North American College League of Legends Championship Tournament.