Manchester eSports

Manchester is building an eSports team!

Manchester is preparing for a varsity-level e-Sports team for men and women to compete against other schools in multiplayer online gaming.

State-of-the-art equipment is on order; preparations are nearly complete for an eSports arena at East Hall; and Manchester has joined the National Association of Collegiate eSports (NACE).

The plan is to begin play fall 2019 and have tryouts before the semester ends. Following tryouts, MU will build the roster for a League of Legends five-person team and a Rocket League three-person team. Competition is slated to start for the NACE spring season in February.

Team members will attend a daily practice and study table, and compete in scrimmages and regular season matches several times a week.

There is potential for other games at Manchester, depending on interest at the University and at schools nationwide. They could include Overwatch, Smite, Paladins, Hearthstone, Fortnite, Super Smash Bros., FIFA, NBA 2K, Madden and Apex Legends.

This is a chance for students to get in on the ground floor of a new and competitive intercollegiate sport! Potential players should fill out a recruit form to express their interest.

Read some frequently asked questions about Manchester's eSports program.

Attention eSports teams!

Sign up for the Spartan Smash Invitational, a first-time eSports competition, to be held Saturday, Feb. 29, on the campus of Manchester University.

At the Spartan Smash Invitational, high school players from across the Midwest will compete in a Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tournament for scholarships and bragging rights. The top four players each will be eligible for a $3,000 eSports scholarship award to attend Manchester University – that's in addition to our already generous scholarship packages.

ESports coaches are encouraged to bring their entire team, but players will square off for individual competition. All participants will be treated to lunch and receive a Manchester eSports swag bag that includes an eSports t-shirt and other cool stuff!

Registration will close on Friday, Feb. 28 at 5 p.m. The tournament bracket will be made available on Saturday morning. The top four high school players will also compete in a final match against the Manchester University eSports team.

Don't miss this exciting, spirited event! Competition will be fierce, but consider the fun and friendship shared, and everyone goes home a winner!