For the first time in history, Yavapai College will be competing in eSports with the first competition set for Monday at 8 p.m. eastern time (6 p.m. AZ time).
Monday night’s competition will take place in the form of the start of the spring season of FIFA 22 with Yavapai’s first opponent being Carl Sandburg College.
FIFA 22 is a soccer simulation video game published by Electronic Arts with the 22 edition being the 29th installment in the series. It was released worldwide on October 1.
All FIFA 22 games for Yavapai in the spring will be played in a best-of-three format, meaning the first player to two wins will take home the victory that day. Halves will also be six minutes long with normal game speed and manual controls. The full set of rules for NJCAAE FIFA 22 can be found here.
For the Roughriders eSports program, the debut will be played by someone who knows a thing or two about soccer: freshman Mael Lopes.
Fans may recognize Lopes from the Yavapai College men’s soccer team where he had a fantastic 2021 fall season, playing in 16 games with 10 starts and scoring four goals (one game winner) with two assists for a total of 10 points.
This season, in eSports, Lopes won’t be competing at Ken Lindley Field or Mountain Valley Park, but will instead be competing on a PlayStation4 inside of Yavapai College’s brand-new eSports Arena.
“For me, it’s really an honor,” said Lopes. “It’s an honor to continue playing this game and to represent the Yavapai eSports team but also the Yavapai men’s soccer team.”
For the latest information on Mael’s progress and eSports at YC, check out the eSports schedule on GoRoughriders.com and Yavapai’s eSports twitter: @yavapai_esports.
– D.J. Irwin