NIU Esports

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Announcing the Esports Collegiate Conference

NIU is proud to be a founding member of the Esports Collegiate Conference (ESC), an independent esports conference. ESC competitions begin in the 2020-21 school year, where teams play in League of Legends and Overwatch and a third yet-unnamed game title. Read the June 10, 2020 press release announcing the conference.

NIU Announces Esports Minor for Fall 2020

The Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education in the College of Education is pleased to offer a minor in Esports Industry Professions starting in Fall 2020. Designed for students of all majors, this minor prepares you for a job in the esports industry. Download the 2-page degree sheet for more detail or contact Joe Curran at with questions or to declare the minor. Registration for esports courses is now open. 

All NIU Esports Locations are 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 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 and Smash Brothers Ultimate
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


Contact Us

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

NIU Esports Student Sport Club
Jeannine East, Faculty Advisor

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