About NIU Esports

NIU Esports is an inclusive program for gamers of all backgrounds, abilities and skill levels to play video games and have fun together.

Our goal is to position the NIU Esports team as a national competitor and leader of collegiate esports in northern Illinois and our club as a welcoming place to support the social and educational aspects of video gaming.

Our Vision for Esports at NIU

Build Community

Through the Esports Arena on the DeKalb Campus and our Esports Lounges in Hoffman Estates and Naperville, we've built spaces to gather, play, compete, and learn from one another.

Our Esports Special Interest Community in Neptune East was designed just for esports enthusiasts to live together, make friends, learn about careers in esports and, of course, play video games!

We offer events throughout the year to help connect NIU students, alumni, high school and community college students and anyone who enjoys playing video games.

Promote healthy gaming practice

Our program puts gaming and competition into perspective. Our code of conduct promotes positive, constructive behavior, and emphasizes a balance between playing video games, studying, resting, and building positive relationships. We find that by creating places to compete together in person, players look after one another and help support that balance.

Support new technologies in learning and research

Our Esports Arena and lounges to provide an exciting setting for faculty, graduate students and undergraduate students to do esports-related research in their fields of study. We offer the opportunity to teach courses or conduct research studies using the equipment in our facilities.

Contact Us

Esports at NIU
Conner Vagle, Esports General Manager

NIU Esports Student Sport Club
Shane Sharp, Faculty Advisor