Gaming club is, well, fun and games

The club promotes egaming and inclusivity

By Noah Lopez

Knightly News Reporter

The Central Penn Gaming Club welcomes all CPC students to join to play on Tuesdays, at 4:30 p.m., in the Shoemaker Gaming Lab, ATEC 304.

Club adviser Stephen Urbany says he wants to give students an outlet other than academics, a stress reliever, an area where students can relax.

The gaming club was founded in 2017 by then-senior technical specialist and esports director Steven Shoemaker. He created the club because of his love of video games, especially Rocket League. He also created the gaming lab so that students could socialize and play games, and so they could have a space for fellowship and for opening the opportunity for an esports team to be created.

Esports has become a global phenomenon, with professional players, competitive leagues and massive fan followings. The Central Penn Gaming Club plays a vital role, as it brings more talent and recognition to the growing sport at the school.

Students helped create this club, with two student officers assisting under Urbany’s guidance. Club President Gabriela Perez and Vice President Ashaun Harris are generally in charge of club functions.  

The club takes pride in its inclusivity. It has hosted many events, such as tournaments for the games Mario Kart and Mortal Kombat, and a Spooky Gaming Night during which games such as Phasmophobia and Dead by Daylight were played to celebrate Halloween. The club also hosts events for West Shore Connect Program students.

The club has seven excellent gaming PCs, an Xbox One, Retro gaming consoles and tabletop games keep students engaged in the fun.

As the gaming community grows, the gaming club provides a welcoming and inclusive space for gamers to connect, compete and share their passion for gaming.

For more on the Gaming Club, contact Urbany at

For more on becoming a Central Penn esports athlete, contact Mikeal Pecot at

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Edited by media-club co-adviser and blog editor Professor Michael Lear-Olimpi.