Dominican University New York Steps Up Commitment to Esports Program

The above photo depicts the anticipated design of Dominican University New York’s new Esports Arena.

Dominican University New York is stepping up its commitment to competitive gaming on campus with the construction of a new, state-of-the-art Esports Lounge and Gaming Center.  The Esports Center will be equipped with more than 24 PC stations, a streaming room, digital media stations, and a broadcasting suite. 

The University first entered the world of competitive gaming in spring of 2022, through a partnership with TeamMETA, a full–service esports management and development company. “As a TeamMETA–represented school, we not only teach and inspire, but we give schools access to play against some of the most well-known teams in the country,” said Christopher Leonard, owner of TeamMETA. “We are excited to help build something really special at Dominican.”   

The Esports Center will also include a practice area, as shown in the rendering above.

Dominican University Senior and Esports President DeAntae McFarlane said that the first season of esports at DU was a big success, “We have teams currently competing in Smash, Call of Duty, and Rocket League with more games to be added soon. It was so exciting to have key wins in our first season against D1 Baylor University and Florida Atlantic.” 

The esports program uses a team of coaches to provide the esports athletes with a rigorous training schedule and help them become better players. Each week, students learn a new skill based on their games of choice and skill levels.  Non-competitive gamers who just want to play for fun are also welcome to join the esports program. 

Construction of the new Esports Center is expected to start in spring of 2023 and be completed by next fall. 

Prospective students interested in learning more about the program should fill out this questionnaire.