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The University of Evansville will introduce a new athletics program. Wednesday, the Purple Aces announced the addition of Esports via a press release. This autumn, the competition commences.

The competitive video gaming team will compete in the Schroeder Residence Hall’s remodeled, two-story lounge. The Esports Center will provide space for practice, competitive play, and open play.

Depending on enrollment and the program’s success, the university could expand its space. This month, construction begins.

UE hired St. Ambrose coach Samuel Henderson to lead the program.

Henderson stated in a news release, “This opportunity is a testament to the growing recognition of Esports as a legitimate and thriving sport, and I am honored to be a part of an institution that embraces the power of digital competition.”

Together, we will cultivate talent, develop champions, and pave the path for the future of Esports at the University of Evansville.

The expansion of esports across the undergraduate and high school landscapes of the United States is a direct result of esports’ recent expansion. National Association of Collegiate eSports includes over 8,600 high school programs and 170 teams.

“Esports is more than just a game; it is a rapidly growing industry that has the power to bring people together and transcend geographical and cultural barriers,” said Rachel Carpenter, chair of UE’s Esports

Task Force, in a press release. “I am excited about the possibility of UE introducing Esports, as it will increase our impact on students seeking new opportunities for campus engagement and career development.”

By Sanjh

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