Fairfield University unveils on-campus esports lab

29 September 2020


US-based college Fairfield University has unveiled an on-campus gaming lab dedicated to the institution’s esports teams and gaming club.

The custom gaming area, equipped with Lenovo’s Legion line of computers, peripherals and accessories, will be stationed in the University’s recreational facility located on its Fairfield, Connecticut campus. In addition to the institution’s competitive teams, the new space will be occupied by a non-competitive, social gaming club.

Fairfield University unveils on-campus esports lab
Credit: Fairfield University

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Installation of the gaming quarters began in March and was completed several months later in July. Fairfield University partnered with global IT solutions provider Future Tech Enterprise on the project to “deliver technology consultation, equipment evaluation and procurement, and final installation for the new lab.”

Eli Olken-Dann, Director of Recreation at Fairfield University, commented in a release: “We are excited to incorporate the egaming lab into the RecPlex this fall. Not only will this attract more students to our facility, but it will add another layer of engagement and competition to our recreation offerings.”

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The university is a member of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Esports League. Participating MAAC schools will compete online in a regular season starting in October, culminating in a conference championship.

Bob Venero, President and CEO of Future Tech Enterprise, added: “Esports is a great way to drive student engagement and connections, as well as attract prospective students. It is also an industry that continues to grow and offer up new job opportunities for students in almost any discipline including advertising, design, finance, marketing, and technology.”

Esports Insider says: Scholastic esports is a slowly but steadily growing sector of the industry, and thus Fairfield University is the latest of what is surely more campus esports labs to come. Especially for this Connecticut-born journalist who grew up near the college, we are especially excited to see more esports-related developments prop up around the state.

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