Justin Pelt Receives Prestigious Internship with Immortals
Life is good for Justin Pelt, UST's Esports assistant director.
Not only did UST's League of Legends (LoL) team, which he manages, capture the national championship, but he also snagged a prestigious Team Ops Manager summer internship with the Immortals, a professional esports organization based in Los Angeles.
The Los Angeles internship location coincided with that city hosting the League of Legends Collegiate National Championship competition. UST was one of eight collegiate teams to compete for the title.
"I learned about the internship from an esports colleague who was impressed by our esports success and my management of the team," Pelt said. "He knew the team was coming to LA, so he brokered an introduction with the Immortals for me."
Pelt starts his internship with a successful UST esports season. The paid internship may lead to an offer to become Immortal's general manager, but for now, Pelt's heart is still in collegiate esports.
Winning once is Exciting; Winning Twice is Thrilling
Pelt likes breaking records. With the excitement of one national championship in his pocket, he looks forward to the thrill of winning again next year.
"I want to capitalize on our growth as a team and the chance to capture the national championship again," Pelt said. "All our players are coming back in the fall. I could not be more proud of them," he said. "They represented our school well. It is good to know that UST's LoL team is the nation's most prominent collegiate esports team."
Esports Recruiting and Retention is Strong
Pelt is also excited about recruiting efforts. He wants to reach recruiting 50 new esports students. Currently, he recruits for both LoL and Overwatch teams.
"Now that we are national champions, many collegiate esports players will want to enroll and compete at UST," he said. "We are adding Valorant, Rocket League and Call to Duty to our esport teams' line-up."
UST's Overwatch Team: 1st Collegiate Academy Team for a Pro Overwatch Team
"In addition, UST's Overwatch team also had a successful year," Pelt said. "Overwatch finished second in the Champions league, which is the second most competitive tier the league has to offer for collegiate. We look forward to returning to St. Louis over July 4th this year to compete and win.
"A big horizon coming up for the Overwatch players is a new partnership with the Houston Outlaws," Pelt said. "UST Outlaws esports team will be the country's first collegiate academy team for a pro Overwatch team.
"I cannot wait to get back to Houston to continue to grow esports at UST," he said.