Concordia University Wisconsin is launching a varsity Esports program in fall 2020. This initiative contributes to a more vibrant campus life and provides a unique path for students who may not consider themselves athletes, to experience the benefits of collegiate competition.

As a sanctioned sports program, Esports is organized, competitive video gaming. Participants will develop team leadership skills, contribute to a team dynamic, and represent the university as college athletes. The team will be co-ed and will adhere to the same athletic eligibility requirements as the 34 other teams offered by the university. There will be a coach (“Director”), practice schedules, and organized competitions. The skills and experiences they develop on the team will help them as they pursue their professional and personal interests.

“Esports presents an interesting collaborative endeavor for our campuses,” said Steve Taylor, vice president of Student Life. ”Our Academics and Athletics departments are working together to design the arenas and define the experience for this new athletic category.”

The thriving college competitive gaming landscape continues to grow. According to the National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE). The number of participating universities started with seven in 2016 and boasts 170+ universities today. The organization represents more than 5,000 student athletes and provides the structure and framework for universities to get involved.

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According to Athletic Director, Dr. Rob Barnhill, “The creation of this team will allow us to bring current and future CUW students into the culture of our athletic department and provide these athletes an opportunity to represent CUW and benefit from our department resources and guidance.”

Esports is open to everyone and recruitment for the 2020 season is underway. Prospective students are encouraged to contact the Office of Admissions at


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