Utica College is joining East Coast Conference Esports, giving UC students the chance to compete and represent the college on national stage.

Utica College has competed in Esports on a club level since 2019 as an offshoot of the College’s Cybersecurity Club.

For the uninitiated, Esports, also known as electronic sports, is a form of competition using video games.

President Laura Casamenot says, the college will be constructing a state-of-the-art Esports Center on campus.

The new facility will be located in the current Carbone Auditorium inside Bull Hall and will feature 30 computer stations with desktop gaming systems and a large main stage and large screen for gaming competitions.

The new Carbone Esports Auditorium will give students access to high-tech gaming systems, and allows the entire team to play simultaneously, which members say will be a huge boost to team morale.

“This news is a credit to the members of the Esports Club, who took the initiative and helped us understand the benefits of adding this fast-growing sport to our institution,” says Jeffery Gates, Utica College Senior Vice President for Student Life and Enrollment. “It’s an inclusive sport that will attract a new generation of students and bolster our recruitment and retention efforts.”

The ECC includes 14 schools participating in a growing roster of games and championship events.

  • Utica College
  • Daemen College
  • University of the District of Columbia,
  • D'Youville College
  • Farmingdale State College
  • Hood College
  • Mercy College
  • Molloy College
  • New York Institute of Technology
  • Old Westbury College
  • Southern New Hampshire University
  • College of Staten Island
  • St. Thomas University (Fla.)
  • St. Thomas Aquinas College.

East Coast Conference Esports heads into its fourth season during the 2021-22 academic year.

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The league has offered championships in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Rocket League, Valorant, Overwatch, and League of Legends, and continues to explore the addition of new games to its roster.

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