Esports players square off against U.S. Navy team at Pearland tournament – Houston Chronicle

Esports players square off against U.S. Navy team at Pearland tournament – Houston Chronicle

Players lined the rows of the Belong Gaming Arena in Pearland on Saturday afternoon, staring intently at the monitors before them with headphone sets on, some keyboards glowing red or rainbow.

High school and college students came for an esports tournament where they could face off against members of the U.S. Navy’s team — Goats & Glory. The event was the fourth hosted by Goats & Glory and the first to be held in Pearland, according to Lt. Aaron Jones, the team’s captain.

Jones said their goal isn’t as much to recruit as it is to interact with people, allowing them to see that military members are the same and to get rid of their misconceptions.

“It’s a lot less intimidating to go up to a guy at an esports arena in a jersey than it is, you know, a guy in his dress whites at a high school,” said Jones, 30.

The Navy’s esports team started in 2020 in response to what the next generation likes — people in the past might go see the Blue Angels at an air show and talk about the Navy there, he said, but today video games are a space where people connect.

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