Edinboro University is officially cutting the ribbon for the eSports competition complex in the heart of campus.
In collaboration with Erie-based architecture and design firm Weber Murphy Fox, Edinboro University designed the space in Hamilton Hall for the first collegiate-level gaming program in Western Pennsylvania. Edinboro's eSports team will compete in digital contests such as "Fortnite," "League of Legends," "Counter-Strike: Global Offensive" and "Hearthstone" among nearly 150 programs across the U.S.
Directed by Chris Rhodes, Edinboro's swimming and diving coach, the eSports team builds on Edinboro's nationally ranked programs like gaming and virtual world development as well as animation. The team is expected to begin play in the fall in the National Association of Collegiate eSports (NACE).
When/Where: Monday, Sept. 16, 10 a.m., eSports Complex, Hamilton Hall, 210 Glasgow Road, Edinboro University
Edinboro’s eSports team is open to students from all majors, but Edinboro is uniquely positioned for eSports because of its academic strengths in game design, animation and virtual world development. Animation Career Review placed Edinboro's Bachelor of Science in Computer Science – Game and Virtual World Development track 24th nationally among public schools and colleges, 20th on the East Coast in its 2016 listing of the best game design programs in the United States and fifth in Pennsylvania.
The eSports team is part of the Edinboro Athletics program. Team members will be required to meet the same academic eligibility and related requirements as every other student-athlete at the University.