Esports program at universities
Esports programs are added, tested at many universities around the world.
The University of Wisconsin-River Falls announced officially the addition of Esports as its 18th varsity intercollegiate program as esports program.
The Falcon athletics program will be coed and will have a dedicated Esports Arena ready in the fall of 2022 in the Chalmer Davee Library, preparing to compete at the varsity level during the 2023-24 academic year.
“We are excited to announce the addition of a varsity Esports program here at UWRF. Competitive gaming has experienced tremendous growth over the past few years and we look forward to welcoming a new demographic of competitive student-athletes to join Falcon Athletics.” commented athletics director Crystal Lanning Wednesday, June 1.
Thus, UWRF will become the second WIAC (Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference school) member school added Esports program as a varsity sport, following UW-Stout.
Along with the project, many (unknown yet) esports titles will be offered to the students and government organisations will participate at this project.
The university is looking for a full-time head coach for the 2022-23 academic year to allow a full year to recruit and build a competitive schedule.