Southern New Hampshire University opens Esports Arena

U.S. higher education institution Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) has unveiled its new campus ‘Esports Arena’.

Located in the SNHU Green Center, the space will house the university’s esports players as they compete against varsity level opponents across the U.S. and Canada.

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The facility is equipped with 18 high-end gaming PC’s as well as technology to facilitate live broadcasting and streaming. 

Student-athletes and university officials will unveil the space during an on-campus ribbon-cutting event today (October 8th). The event will consist of a Q&A session with SNHU esports players and coaches, as well as a live Overwatch match against New York-based Molloy College.

Initially slated to open in March 2020, the opening of the arena was delayed due to the pandemic. It’s said the arena is one of the first college esports facilities in the state.

Southern New Hampshire University launched the state’s first competitive esports programme in 2018.

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Esports Insider: University buy-in of esports has noticeably grown in the last few years, and we expect that trend to continue in force. Unlike traditional sports, esports is being built from the top-down. As we’re seeing now, the collegiate esports space is starting to fill itself out with university acceptance and the establishment of programmes and gaming centres, such as the facility at Southern New Hampshire University.

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