A monitor is technically a peripheral, but we decided to leave it off of this section since we feel it is necessary for varsity esports programs to provide monitors. It’s just not feasible to expect students to bring in a monitor of their own every day to practice with.
These are things that a varsity esports program can choose to provide their players with, but it is not absolutely necessary that they do. Most gamers already have these things so they can bring their own. It’s kind of like having soccer players bring their own cleats and shinguards or a hockey player bring his own stick. Players have their own sizes and preferences so it’s often easier if they provide their own. Also, it obviously saves the varsity esports program from spending more money.
Here we highlight the five peripherals that your program could choose to provide:
We state durability as one of the things to consider on every single peripheral because many peripherals simply aren’t. Having a controller, mouse, or headset that breaks within a few months of use is no good to you.
Click on a peripheral for a detailed look into each of them below. If you decide to provide some or all of the peripherals we ranked them below in order of importance for your program to have:
- Keyboard– most durable of all the peripherals other than the mouse pad. Also the largest and most difficult for players to lug back and forth from home to school. Less important that it be custom to an individual as headsets or mice.
- Mouse Pad– will never break from overuse. Only can be damaged by misuse. Less important that it be custom to an individual as headsets or mice.
- Headset– Even though team-communication is hugely important when it comes to competitive esports, headsets are only third on the list because of their difficulty to work well for each player and their lack of durability. Everyone has different head and ear shapes, some players have more hair, some players wear glasses. Because of this it can be difficult to find a headset that is comfortable in long sessions for all of your gamers. Headsets tend to be less durable than other peripherals like keyboards and mouse pads. Also, wireless headsets are becoming the norm for gamers, but those can be more difficult for an esports program to keep track of and charged so they’re always ready to game.
- Mouse– down on the list because players are very particular when it comes to their mice. Having the right extra buttons, size, shape, and general feel of the mouse are very important to players. It’s difficult to find one mouse that makes everyone happy. Also can break from normal use.
- Gamepad (Controller)– For many games a mouse and keyboard are the controller, but in games like Rocket League there is an inherent advantage to using a controller with joysticks. Most players already have their own controllers. Depending on which games your school competes in this might make no sense to provide.