Esports on the ISU Campus

Several members of the Research Network for Game Studies have been closely involved in the exciting projects around esports on the ISU campus. We are making progress towards a 2020/2021 grand opening of the new gaming and esports facility and collaborating together on gaming projects and research.

Want to know more? Read some of the news articles below:

Adventure. Game on. Picture this. It’s a heated intramural competition. Players are giving it their all. Striving for victory. Playing their hearts out. So, is this competition happening on a football field? Maybe a basketball court? Nope. It’s all happening in front of a computer screen.

Iowa State to build new gaming space. Construction for a robust student gaming center is underway and could set standards for collegiate gaming programs.

Iowa State Investing in Esports & Gaming, Transitioning Club to Sport Level. Video games are becoming more than just something students do in their free time on their futon in a college dorm room, they’re now reaching a competitive level. Starting this year, Iowa State University is supporting competitive gamers the same as sport club level athletes, being put in the same category as Cyclone hockey and baseball.

Iowa State esports community sees growth with construction of new gaming space. Esports is quickly expanding its presence at Iowa State. Construction for a student gaming center is underway with a hopeful completion date in the fall of 2020. Esports intramurals, which saw it’s introduction last semester with Rocket League, will see the introduction of Super Smash Bros. and Fortnite this semester.

Students and faculty show support for esports movement. For the past year, students and faculty at Iowa State have been working to get a new program off the ground. This program supports students wishing to play their favorite video games at a competitive level.


  • Larysa Nadolny
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