NIU Esports Arena

DeKalb Esports Arena Closed. Play Pick-up Games Online.

Our Esports Arena in Neptune North is closed to students and guests until face-to-face classes resume. We invite you to play for free with and against others throughout the NIU Community in Esports Online Pick-Up games. Join us on NIU Esports Discord and pass the time with friendly competition! Each day for the coming weeks, we'll run two sessions: 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. There's no pressure to attend any or all sessions, just join when you are able and willing.

Monday: Card Games (Hearthstone, Legends of Runeterra, Magic: the Gathering)
Tuesday: League of Legends
Wednesday: Overwatch
Thursday: Rocket League
Friday: Fortnite
Saturday and Sunday: Free-play sessions both days. Feel free to find a partner in any game and build the community in whatever you want to play.

Questions? Email Conner at

Located in Neptune North, our Esports Arena is the place to game casually or competitively on campus. Our competitive teams practice and compete in our arena, and students gather together to play informally. In addition, faculty, graduate students and undergraduate students can do esports-related research in their fields of study.

Only registered NIU students who are members of the NIU Esports Club or who live in the Neptune Residence Hall Complex can access the Esports Arena during our arena hours. Check in with the arena attendant to borrow consoles, games and peripherals.

Normal Hours of Operation (3/16/2020: Arena is Closed Until Face-to-face Classes Resume)

  • Open Monday-Friday, 2-11 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, noon-11 p.m.
  • Registered NIU Esports Club members have access to the arena during hours of operation. Join the NIU Esports Club!
  • Students who live in the Neptune Residence Hall complex also have access to the arena during hours of operation.
  • Arena may be closed for special events and when our competitive teams are practicing or competing.
  • The arena is always closed during finals weeks, NIU holidays and breaks.


PCs: Log in to your Steam or account to access your own games. Most paid games require your own license or account to play.

Consoles: You can choose from our game library, which includes Overwatch, Rocket League, NBA2K19, NBA2K20, FIFA19, Super Smash Brothers Ultimate, Mario Kart 8, Pokkén Tournament, and ARMS. You can also bring your own console games to play on Xbox, PS4 or Nintendo Switch. 

Learning and Research

Our Esports Arena provides 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 our Dell Gaming PCs and console gaming stations.


We encourage positive gaming play in the Esports Arena. Please read and abide by our Arena Policies, Code of Conduct and Equipment Check Out Policy.

Contact Us

Esports at NIU
Conner Vagle, Esports General Manager
307 Lowden Hall

NIU Esports Student Sport Club
Glynn McGehee, Faculty Advisor