The University of Alberta has a club for pretty much everything, but there is only one that lets you build your own world. The U of A Minecraft Club was founded at the end of 2022 by three executive members: Devon Yanitski, Ritwik Rastogi, and Nolan Phillippon. They offer students a space to relax online, or meet up with other video game enthusiasts in-person, coordinated through their Discord server.
Yanitski, a third year student in the bachelor of science psychology program currently manages their marketing. Though the club started as a way to make connections with other gamers on campus, Yanitski said that the club grew way faster than I thought it would. We have over 100 [members] now.”
Yanitski also mentioned that the recent resurgence of Minecraft was a pivotal reason why the club became as popular as it has.
“Minecraft has a comeback. When it came out it was really popular, then it kind of died down. Over the past three years it became popular again,” Yanitski said.
The club hosts two Minecraft servers — one survival server and the other creative. Yanitski said that on the survival server, they “have had 400 people playing and they spent hundreds of hours building these crazy, complex builds.”
Yanitski has seen impressive towns pop up on the server. He said that 20 or 30 people often collaborate, using the same style of building so that they can create a town with a specific theme, such as the medieval style town.
The new server that the club…
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