League of Legends, Overwatch, Rocket League, Madden NFL... If you’re passionate about your game, you could be ready for college-level competition with Augustana esports.
Launching in fall of 2022, esports is the 29th varsity sport and the first all-gender varsity athletic team at Augustana College. Esports has been a club at Augustana since 2017.
Our esports team will compete against teams from colleges and universities throughout the U.S. and Canada during a regular season and title championships.
Want to be part of our team? Fill out the recruitment form and we will be in touch. Talent-based scholarships will be offered.
As an esports athlete, your training will include in-game drills, strategy sessions, physical training and nutrition, video review and more. Like other Augustana student-athletes, you will focus on striking a strategic balance of intellect, character and spirit, becoming the best gamer you can be.
Whatever your skill level, you can try for your spot on the varsity roster for Overwatch, League of Legends, Rocket League, Madden, NBA2K, FIFA, Valorant and Sim Racing.
The Augustana Esports Center
Located in the Brunner Theater Center next to the bookstore, the Viking Esports Center will open in August 2022 with 20 PC gaming stations; three next-generation gaming console stations, a broadcast studio, kitchette, and team and small group meeting spaces.
The team will use MSI Aegis gaming PCs with a core i7 processor, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080, 32GB RAM, SSD 1TB, HHD 2TB and liquid cooling systems.
Monitors are the Optix MAG251RX, equipped with a 240Hz refresh rate and 1ms response time panel, which is the tournament standard. Monitors are 24.5”, full HD (1080p), 240Hz and have a 1 ms (gray-to-gray) response time.
Players will have custom Spectrum gaming desks and ergonomic gaming chairs.
Coach Joe Loomis
Contact Coach Joe Loomis by email or at 309-794-8259. Team training and competition begin in fall 2022.
Coach Loomis is the first esports director at Augustana College. He formerly was the head coach of esports at Carroll University. He is on the advisory council for eClusion, a non-profit organization dedicated to inclusion and accessibility in gaming, and serves as a consultant and event organizer for the MKE Esports Alliance.
Along with recruiting, training and broadcasting for Augustana esports, Coach Loomis oversees Augustana’s new esports center and recreational leagues. He is a member of the National Association of Esports Coaches and Directors.
Augustana Esports fosters a value-driven, student-centered community dedicated to enriching student life on campus while creating a holistic approach to gaming culture and esports competition.
Those who would like to support esports, as well as other athletics teams at Augustana, are invited to join the Viking Club.
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