Across the country, many organizations had to decide on a new direction for their upcoming programming overnight. The City of Port St. Lucie, under the direction of Recreation Manager CJ Keester, decided that esports with Mission Control would be a great digital alternative for their community. Little did they know that by their second season they would grow to 170 members with an active participation rate of 89%!
Q: Why did you choose to use Mission Control?
A: “We knew we were going to offer a new esports league or tournament, but originally intended to do everything internally. When we found out about Mission Control’s services, we realized how much easier and more user friendly the experience would be for the participants if we partnered with you.”
Q: What have you done to make your organization unique or successful?
A: “When all rec programs shut down due to COVID-19, esports was one of the new programs we were able to offer since participants could compete remotely. Even now as we have begun re-opening facilities and programs, we continue to offer the esports leagues to our community.”
Q: What has been the biggest highlight experienced in your esports community?
A: “The app has given many members of our community a platform to meet others who like the same game(s). In some of the league chats you see activity every night as players are looking for competition outside of their league schedule.”
Q: What has made you happiest about offering Mission Control esports?
A: “We are really excited about the new participants. Our Parks & Rec department has hosted thousands of families through a myriad of activities and events through the years. Even still, there are many players who are experiencing our offerings for the first time through esports.”
Q: How has your organization become more connected since offering esports programming?
A: “We started during COVID shutdown. This was one of the few programs that was able to operate during the closures and one of the only ways to interact with and provide recreation to our community.”
Q: What advice would you give other organizations using Mission Control?
A: “It is worth the investment. It is very user friendly for both the administrator and the participant.”