Walsh ’24 Shapes College Experience Around Growing Esports Industry
Sept. 16, 2021
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Sophomore computer science major Nicole Walsh ’24 arrived on campus
with a passion for gaming. Originally slated to join Illinois Wesleyan University’s
Overwatch team, Walsh instead works as one of the esports program’s student broadcasting
directors, a decision that has inspired her career aspirations.
As a broadcasting director, Walsh works behind the scenes to produce live streams
of Illinois Wesleyan esports matches through the IWU Esports Twitch channel. In preparation for a broadcast, Walsh collaborates with designers who make graphics
for the stream, with casters who commentate throughout the match, and with players
and coaches participating in the match. During the match, Walsh handles the technical
aspects of producing a professional-looking broadcast.
“What I enjoy most about my job as a broadcasting director is communicating with everyone
and seeing the final stream come together,” said Walsh, who is also an all-conference
javelin and discus thrower for the Illinois Wesleyan track and field team.
In recognition of her work as a college student in the esports and gaming industry,
the 1,000 Dreams Fund, in partnership with Allied Esports and HyperX, a prominent
gaming equipment company, recently awarded Walsh one of 24 BroadcastHER Academy scholarships. Selected from a nationwide pool of candidates, Walsh was awarded a
$1,000 grant and an invitation to join the BroadcastHER Recipient stream team on Twitch.
“I felt so honored, and it was also a confidence boost that my Twitch channel is looking
good and worth receiving a scholarship like this,” said Walsh. “I’ll use the scholarship
money to buy a new camera and to finally attend TwitchCon, since going there as a
streamer is huge for networking.”
TwitchCon is a biannual convention organized by Twitch, focused on streaming and gaming.
“It’s been a dream to attend TwitchCon, so I can’t wait to finally check it out,”
Along with streaming through the IWU Esports Twitch channel, Walsh also represents
BroadcastHER and Lionheart Esports through her personal Twitch channel, which has
nearly 4,000 followers.
Walsh hopes that her experience at Illinois Wesleyan will lead to a career in the
rapidly growing esports field after college.
“Working behind the scenes on the big name gaming tournaments or being someone who
develops video games would be a dream come true,” Walsh said.
“My goal with being a computer science major is to develop video games, and give back
to the gaming industry.”