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Esports Day: Building Collegiate Esports from Student Clubs to Varsity Teams


Phill Alexander (Assistant Professor of Games and Co-Director of Varsity Esports, Miami University)

Ryan Stevenson (Student, USC)

Location: Room 3002, West Hall

Date: Monday, March 19

Time: 10:00am - 11:00am

Pass Type: All Access, GDC Conference + Summits, GDC Summits - Get your pass now!

Topic: Design

Format: Tutorial

Tutorials: Esports Day

Vault Recording: Video

In this session, Phill Alexander will present his experience as co-director and the faculty lead for Varsity Esports at Miami University (the first division 1 school to offer varsity esports). He'll cover how they developed and implemented their varsity program for 'League of Legends', 'Hearthstone', and 'Overwatch', what the current varsity esports scene looks like, and offer a look into the future of varsity esports. Also in this session, USC Games student and esports club organizer Ryan Stevenson will speak about the work that goes into running a local student player community, and the importance of communication and collaboration in order for it to grow.


Attendees will learn more about the collegiate esports organization landscape, their role in and relationship to the campus and student life, and insight into the work needed to build and sustain these communities.

Intended Audience

Anyone interested in esports should be interested in looking at how it's developing at the collegiate level, but the primary audience would be other colleges, potential sponsors, and developers interested in being part of expanding esports into the academic sphere.