Let’s not forget one of our most accomplished boome—coaches and directors, Scott “Scotty” Zackman. Scott was one of our oldest members, joining shortly after the founding of Rutgers Esports and eventually becoming the Competitive Director to help set up the groundwork that allows our organization to continue being successful. Scott also played an integral role in guiding our Overwatch team’s first trip to LAN finals back in 2017.
Following a short leave, Scott returned with the goal of leaving a lasting mark on how our competitive teams are run. He took up the mantle of Competitive Director, focusing on implementing structure and discipline within the Competitive Committee. He also helped make great strides discussing the LAN center and player jerseys with Rutgers administration, resulting in the Rutgers Esports Center currently being built in the Busch Student Center for our competitive players and community to use. In addition, Scott has traveled all over the tri-state area to deliver many presentations at events and elementary schools in hopes of giving a glimpse of what the esports industry is like and inspire younger generations to get involved.
With his major in Public Planning and a minor in Business Administration, Scott intends to develop his own esports consulting firm, Scarlet Esports, where he’ll be working alongside fellow Rutgers Alumni to make it grow even bigger than the collegiate scene. Thanks Scotty for laying the groundwork that makes Rutgers Esports one of the biggest collegiate esports community—you’ve got a big heart and even bigger dreams, so we can’t wait to see what big things you’ll accomplish!
When did you get involved with our community?
I started summer of 2016 as a player on the newly released game, Overwatch. Once school started, I helped create the Overwatch Club and was the charter president. This is when I started on the board at Rutgers Esports!
What degree are you graduating with?
My major was Public Planning and Policy and Minor was Business Administration.
What did you do in your time with us?
- Top 4 Tespa Summer Series Competitor
- Overwatch Club President
- Overwatch team coordinator for a top 4 team
- Creator of the bi-annual Rutgers Esports Summit
- Competitive Director for Rutgers Esports
- Consultant for the Rutgers Esports LAN Center
- Started a Rutgers Esports clothing line through Sharebert
What drew you to Overwatch as an esport? What other games do you enjoy?
Overwatch is a fun game, but I have grown to love more than just one. I’ve learned a lot about each of the different games that Rutgers Esports fields. While Overwatch will always be of interest to me, I’ve found myself enjoying Rocket League, CS:GO, and many RPGs!
What are your plans after you graduate? Are you going to continue going to majors?
I plan on continuing to start my own consulting firm, specifically for esports. This will be a long-term side project that will pull potential candidates from Rutgers Esports alumni and other involved colleges.
What has been the most rewarding part of being the Competitive Director?
Seeing multiple teams succeed this year. Having been a Competitive Director for the first time has been difficult but I feel confident my successors will be able to build upon what I started here. I’m excited to see where they take the position in the future.
What’s your fondest memory of your time at Esports?
I have two! The first was flying out with the team for our top 4 Tespa Collegiate Series in California. It was a great learning experience and fun to be a part of. The other would have to be our original meetings, usually held from 10 PM – 2 AM back in 2016. While not productive, they were a great foundation to help build our organization.
Which game character do you associate the most with?
It’s hard to choose one specifically, since I don’t really have a specific game that I oversee, but I think Hanzo from Overwatch is who I would pick. He and his brother have had their conflicts, and he has not traditionally been on the “good” side of them. His dedication to his ideas and way of life are stalwart and immovable. I often have had to make decisions that might not be considered favorable by some and stick by my actions. He’s also easily the best Overwatch character also!