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Washington Justice Partner with Shenandoah University Esports

The Overwatch League is going to college. In a press release, the Washington Justice announced a brand new partnership with Shenandoah University Esports to help students at the university get real-world experience in the industry. This is a first for Overwatch League teams in what could be a trendsetting move.


“This partnership will prepare our students to work in the esports industry with real-world

experiences and networking opportunities. The Washington Justice and their incredible staff

recognize the opportunities esports brings students beyond gaming and we couldn’t be more

excited about what this partnership will bring to both Shenandoah University and the Justice.

This is just another step we are taking to grow our esports program at SU and what sets us

apart from other programs.” –SU Director of Esports, Ph.D. Joey Gawrysiak


(left to right) are: Zach Harrington – Asst Director of Esports (SU), Zander Merle-Smith – MBA student and Esport Graduate Assistant, Dr. Joey Gawrysaik – Director and Associate Professor of Esports, Grant Paranjape – VP of Esports Business (WJ), Arina Wu – Communications and Community Specialist (WJ), Liam Swords – Business Operations Coordinator (WJ), and Aaron “PRE” Heckman – General Manager (WJ)


This partnership will run through 2021 and until the end of the Summer in 2022.


“Through this partnership, we aim to provide Shenandoah students with real, tangible industry
experience, so they can be well-equipped for their first career following graduation,” – VP of Esports
Business at Washington Justice, Grant Paranjape


The goal of this partnership will be to provide internships for students at the university. They will focus on business operations, team operations, sponsorships or marketing. With this, as the Justice host live and online events, they will give students experience to work in event production, social media management and business development.

For students at Shenandoah University, this should help to give them the real-world experience needed to help them with finding jobs in the esports industry. This is something that has been lacking for many years in the scene as jobs will ask for certain amounts of experience but many people will not have had the opportunities necessary to gain it. Now the Washington Justice hope to help bridge this gap by working with Shenandoah University as it grows its esports program.

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