It’s our favorite person to hug, it’s Sebastian “Seacrass” Romero! Sebastian’s fanaticism for Overwatch led him to become the game club President and eventually Treasurer his senior year. He also founded our lovely Human Resources committee and pioneered the recruiting system in place today. His work as our HR Director laid the groundwork for the future of the executive board, and has welcomed tons of passionate people into the organization!
When Rutgers Esports created the HR Committee, a lack of direction existed that left efforts and progression of projects often squandered—that is, until Sebastian joined the team. Once the rest of the committee and Sebastian realized that there were going to be tons of graduating people every consecutive year, he took it upon himself to write out and enact upon his plans for recruiting new members into the executive board. The debut of the recruitment program was in the summer of 2018, where Sebastian and the rest of the HR committee screened around 30 candidates and successfully welcomed 13 new members!
With his spirit shining bright and an access to endless enthusiasm, Sebastian could be seen working hard at events, promoting our org on social media, and giving presentations on what defines us as an org. His natural charisma and stunning public speaking skills were unrivaled as he would be able to explain even the most technical game-related jargon to a person with the least game-comprehension and still garner interest.
Graduating with a B.A. in Human Resource Management and minors in Psychology and History, Sebastian is currently enjoying his summer doing things he loves while being prudent enough to chip away at the lovely student debt that degrees buy us. We’re proud to have had you on board with us and wish you all the best Seb!
When did you get involved with our community?
I got involved back in the fall of 2016, when I attended the first Overwatch meeting and joined their eboard as secretary.
What degree are you graduating with?
I’ll be graduating with a B.A in Human Resources with a double minor in Psych and History.
What did you do during your time with us?
I was a part of the planning team for the first Fireside Open 2016, tournament admined for every Overwatch tournament during our competitive events up until The Scarlet Classic V, VP of the org during 2017-2018, and Director of Human Resources during 2018-2019.
What drew you to Overwatch as an esport? What other games do you enjoy?
So, my friend online told me about Overwatch around the time it was coming out in May of 2016. I had never played a Blizzard game before, and I had never even heard of an esport before, I kinda viewed it as just a cool new game that was basically the same thing as Battleborn. I spent a lot of my time watching all the cinematics, character origin stories, and that immediately got me hooked. I remember watching Tracer’s introduction and thought she had the coolest design I had ever seen in my life. “She moves through time and has these sick sub-machine guns what?? That’s so awesome!” After that I very quickly became engulfed in all of the memes and fan theories that were popping up, and eventually bought the game for myself on PS4. I fell in love with it instantly, maining Lucio and Roadhog and grinding daily through to Diamond.
At the same time, while I was looking for more OW content to consume, I discovered Seagull during his rise to fame as a Twitch streamer. I’m sure Seagull was a lot of people’s first introduction into OW esports but through him I was exposed to OW’s NA competitive scene. I started following orgs like Luminosity, NRG, Rogue, and soon became a full fanboy of Team Envy’s original roster. Since then, I have very closely followed OW esports, and am currently incredibly pumped to see if my favorite NYXL can win the entire season.
Other than that I’m currently enjoying Final Fantasy XIV. I’ve always wanted to get into MMO’s and I’m very happy with the game and all it has to offer!
What are your plans after you graduate?
So far, I’ve been taking it easy, saving up money after just moving in with my boyfriend of almost 5 years! I’ve focused on just learning how to enjoy the little things, going on hikes, hanging out with friends, and also giving the Gaming at Rutgers presentation all summer for New Student Orientation!
What has been the most rewarding part of being an officer of Rutgers Esports?
Honestly, the most rewarding part of my time at Rutgers Esports was the people and that I was part of the team that helped bring in the new generation of collegiate leaders. I’m very proud of the recruitment process that I was able to build, and am even more proud of the people that will continue to build on that process and make it even better than before.
What’s your fondest memory of your time at Esports?
The fondest memories I have to be all of our 3am IHop/Somerset Diner runs after almost every event. Nothing compared the ridiculousness of having 11-30 people eat at an understaffed restaurant in the early morning, exhausted but still riding on the high of a successful event. All the laughs and genuine feelings shared throughout these nights never fail to make me smile and appreciate the amazing people I got to work with.
Which Overwatch character do you associate the most with?
My favorite OW hero is either Winston or Tracer. Tracer was the first hero that made me love Overwatch and the hero I feel I have the most impact ingame on.