These colleges and universities have made it a mission to give gamers on campus a chance to connect in spaces that are simply spectacular.

By: Chris Burt | April 3, 2020

University of Delaware

“This 1,800-square-foot gamers’ paradise, which opened in February in the Perkins Student Center, is jaw-dropping and dripping with the some of the best bling of any campus in the country. In addition to its glass-enclosed broadcasting booth, it has an elevated stage with 50-inch monitors and a powerful, 2,000-watt sound systems and subwoofers. The real showpiece is its hexagon-weave wall that features changing, projected images of varsity members on different panels.

“We’ve got digital signage; we can broadcast live matches to all 20 screens across our student centers,” says Tony Doody, Director of University Centers. “So they are becoming celebrities, probably moreso than our traditional athletes. During peak times, every computer is used. Our software is fantastic.”

The space is for students at UD, not just for Blue Hens esports teams, and it’s free for all to use. It offers 25 game titles, 33 HP Omen computers and nine console gaming setups. Scott Payette Architects, Josh Kell and the team at Horizon AVL and Esports Integration thought of everything here, including a scent machine, laser projectors and arena-style scoreboard. UD matches are streamed live from the arena. But the biggest stroke of genius was Scott Payette Architects’ solution for the facility’s HVAC units … they housed them in Super Mario Bros-style green tubes.”

But the biggest stroke of genius was Scott Payette Architects’ solution for the facility’s HVAC units … they housed them in Super Mario Bros.-style green tubes.

CHRIS BURT
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