Jason Hewitt, Head Coach, for the NGame Esports Madden team talks about his interest and the world of esports.
What is your major and why did you choose it?
I chose English as a major because it was the best major I could choose at my school, Oberlin College, in order to fulfill my desire to become a full-time journalist. I chose Oberlin because I received the phenomenal opportunity to play football here. Since I took advantage of it, I knew I had to make a choice on the options the school had with its majors. Then, the lightbulb in my head turned on, and I realized what I wanted to do.
I have been interested in writing for as long as I can remember. When I was a little kid, I used to always write creative “what-if” scenarios in the world of sports. I would glue myself to the TV whenever SportsCenter was on (Honestly, I still do that).
Sportswriting is my true passion, and since Oberlin does not have a journalism program, English was the next best thing. I have taken classes about many different forms of literature and writing styles, and I can honestly say that I have thoroughly enjoyed every single one of them. I love being an English major, and I hope to continue applying the things I have learned from Oberlin to the “real world.” Fun fact: Fox Sports analyst Chris Broussard went to my school! He also studied at Oberlin as an English major.
Where do you see yourself after you graduate from college?
After I graduate from college, I see myself continuing to work as a journalist for (hopefully) a highly popular platform in the world of sports. I already write for SBNation and a few other platforms, and that has been very exciting and fulfilling for me. However, I have only been able to write for them part-time since I am a full-time student-athlete. The same thing applies to NGame Esports. I love this company and the growth that it has endured as well. I just cannot dedicate as much time as I would like to because of school.
I really cannot wait until I graduate so that I can spend more time focusing on this as well as working as a full-time journalist. Do not get me wrong; I love being a football player. Playing ball on Saturdays is one of the best experiences I have ever had in my life. With that being said, I also understand that “the real world” is approaching faster and faster, so I am looking forward to dedicating more time in the craft that will be the career that takes me further in life.
Until then, I will be writing, studying, balling, and coaching. It sounds like much, but I enjoy every aspect of the organizations I’m a part of.
What do you like about esports and playing video games?
What do I like about ESports and video games? Where do I even begin? The competitiveness is very real and you have to be on your A-game at all times, or you are going to lose. Plain and simple. I love the intensity that comes with ESports. Many people do not know this, but these gamers take this industry very seriously, and seeing the passion that they put into it is very motivating to me.
Video games have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. The very first video game I have ever played was Madden 03. I was four years old at the time. That is right. I was FOUR, and I remember that I would always choose my beloved Panthers since they were (and still are) my favorite team.
Ever since then, I have been playing Madden and many other video games over time. Madden is easily my favorite, but some other games I thoroughly enjoy include the classic NFL Street 2, DragonBall Z: Budokai 3, Grand Theft Auto, NBA 2K, Mortal Kombat, and so many more. Being a part of ESports has been a wonderful joyride for me, and I do not plan on leaving the industry anytime soon.