Northwood University eSports Athlete Turns Pro

May 4, 2022 / Athletic LeaderTechnology
Northwood University’s Varsity Overwatch team has found many successes over the past two years, most of which can be attributed to the hard work of its players. But one player has stood out: Landon McGee.

Hailing from Jupiter, Florida, this Northwood junior has broken into the big leagues by signing with the London Spitfire.

northwoodMcGee helped lead his school to back-to-back national championship runner-up finishes; four fall national titles; and the 2020 HUEFEST Championship. The championship accolades are just the start of how McGee has impacted the esports team, as he has been a pillar of leadership for the program by pushing his teammates to the next level with grit and determination. Off the digital battlefield, McGee has been a friend and scholar.

“Landon came here as an aspiring professional and within two years he has accomplished that, I am confident that he will be a mainstay in the Overwatch League,” stated the team’s Esports Coach Cody Elsen. “I strongly feel Northwood put Landon in the proper environment to achieve his newly-found pro status.”

“Northwood provided me with an opportunity of a lifetime, and I have a lot to thank Coach Elsen and Northwood for,” said McGee. “I am thrilled to make Northwood and my family proud in the Overwatch League. I will be continuing my studies through the Northwood Adult Degree Program (ADP), and finishing my marketing degree while playing professionally.”

The London Spitfire is one of 20 franchise team slots in the Overwatch League. The league was established in 2019 and had a $25 million buy-in fee. The Overwatch League is comprised of the top 100 players on the planet.

The university fields teams in 11 different Esports games. For more information about the program, click here or email Coach Cody Elsen at [email protected].