Rules & FAQ
COVID-19 Rules and Procedures
To maintain our facility as a safe, welcoming and enjoyable environment for all, the following rules are in effect, in addition to the University Code of Conduct rules and guidelines:
- Hours of operation are reduced. M-F we will be open noon-10 p.m., and weekends we will be open noon-9 p.m. Varsity practices will take place after closing hours.
- In accordance with University policy, masks are required at all times while inside the Perkins Student Center. This includes at all times while inside the Esports Arena.
- Capacity has been reduced to 9 floor computers and 3 stage computers.
- Please only use the computers with full sets of peripherals and chairs at them. Do not move the chairs to other stations.
- Computers will be sanitized before and after use. Please use hand sanitizer before entering.
- ID Cards will not be collected at check-in to minimize contact. When you are finished playing, we ask that you let the arena associate know which computer you were using so they can check and sanitize the station before you leave.
- Users are encouraged to bring their own peripherals (keyboards/mice) for the floor computers due to the nature of the situation. Please let the arena associate know if you would like to use your own peripherals before choosing a computer station so they can assist.
- The Super Smash Bros. Ultimate station is closed for the time being.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is an “Esports Arena”?
For the uninitiated, esports is what we call organized competitive gaming. Esports athletes compete in various video game titles in the same way as athletes in traditional sports. Some of the most popular games include Overwatch, League of Legends, Rocket League, Hearthstone, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
Our “Esports Arena” is a facility that will be used to support esports competition and gaming for the campus community. It features 33 gaming PCs, a Nintendo Switch console, a strategy room, and streaming broadcast capabilities.
Are students able to compete for the university?
Yes! We are competing in Overwatch, League of Legends, Hearthstone, and Rocket League in the Fall and Spring as part of our official Esports program. In Fall 2019, we held tryouts in each game to determine who will make the final teams, as well as leveraging rosters from the existing teams from our Video Game Tournament Club. In future semesters, we will do the same for any new students interested in competing.
Are only team members allowed to use the Esports Arena?
No! The Esports Arena is open to the entire student body. Students are able to check in with their IDs and reserve computer stations, similar to how students reserve games in the Perkins Hen Zone.
What games are available to play in the Esports Arena? Is it only for competitive multiplayer games like Overwatch and League of Legends?
A wide variety of games will be available to play in the Esports Arena, not only competitive esports titles. See below for a full list of available titles, which we will be updating frequently based on demand.
Do I need to personally own the games that I want to play in the Esports Arena?
The Student Centers provides a handful of licenses for some titles in order for users to play without needing to own the game personally. For most competitive games, players usually prefer to use their own accounts in order to maintain their rankings and stat-tracking, so we will provide a small number of licenses for players who want to play on a more casual basis. Each computer in the Esports Arena will be installed with software called GGLeap that makes it easy for users to log into whatever accounts they have (Steam, Battle.net, etc) in order to play the games they own.
Are RSOs or University departments able to reserve the Esports arena for events?
We are currently working on what the reservation process will be for events in the Esports Arena. The primary function of the Arena is to be a public space for the campus community to use at their leisure, as well as to support our varsity program, so events reservations will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Do I need to bring my own peripherals (keyboards, mice, controllers, etc)?
Keyboards and mice are provided for every computer station; however, users are encouraged to bring their own peripherals due to the nature of the situation. Please let the arena associate know if you would like to use your own peripherals before choosing a computer station so they can assist.
When did the Esports Arena open?
The Esports Arena first opened on February 10, 2020.
What are the hours of operation for the Esports Arena?
Hours for the Spring 2021 semester are:
- Monday-Friday: noon-10 p.m.
- Saturday-Sunday: noon-9 p.m.
Varsity practices will take place after closing hours.