Texas Southern University's esports team is taking the college gaming world by storm

HOUSTON (KIAH) – Students at Texas Southern University (TSU) are using their passion for gaming to spread the word about esports. CW39 Houston's Paige Hubbard had the opportunity to speak with the team to learn how the group is breaking barriers and creating their own opportunities.

E-sports are video games played in a very competitive environment. Recently Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) signed up to participate in Mountain Dew's gaming challenge in Atlanta, but only 12 made it. Of the 12 who made it to Atlanta, four were TSU students.

Second-year student and president of TSU's e-sports club Ethan Johnson won second place and says the four students took home a total of about $100,000.

“For HBCUs and esports, this is huge. Just being able to do what I love and compete. I was always told I really wouldn't get anywhere in video games. But I've been here less than two years and I've started proving all those people wrong.”

Ethan Johnson

Kevin Biggens talked about how this opportunity gave him the chance to reach new heights he had never experienced before.

“It was great because I've never flown before. They flew us in and all the expenses were covered.”

Kevin Biggens

McKenzie Mowoe is the eSports student advisor. She believes that winning shows others that you can do it if you believe in it.

“Especially as a black man, people have these stereotypical ideas of what black men should do. But to show that you don't always have to do that. If you really have a passion for gaming and you're dedicated, you can do it.”

McKenzie Mowoe

Brenden Bunch And Jalani StevensonBoth of them developed a passion for gaming at a young age and are grateful for the job opportunities that the esports world has created for gamers.

“We are the best example of why you should tell a kid to keep going when you see them playing. You never know what can happen.”

Braden Cluster