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Ohio University has chosen to embrace esports as a student-centered, academic endeavor. With an eye on the future, we continue to expand the opportunities available to our students in this thriving, exciting industry.

Competition Facilities, getting ready for Fall 2021 opening!

Construction on an esports competition and practice facility began on September 28, 2020. The facility will feature tournament space, high-end gaming PCs for community play, and the latest software development tools for esports- and STEM-related classes. The new arena will be housed in Scripps Hall. The McClure school will be an active participant in operating the state of the art networking and streaming technology in the facility. We will also lead the academic side of esports at OU.

Esports Certificate

The esports certificate is an interdisciplinary program that allows you to graduate with a specific esports certification on your transcript. We offer it in cooperation with the Sports Management Major from the College of Business.

Bobcat Esports

The Bobcat Esports Club is is a diverse student organization of about 250 members from across all campuses and areas of study who gather for fun and friendship. Tournament teams include Overwatch, Rocket League, League of Legends, CS:GO, FIFA, Hearthstone, Fortnite, and Super Smash Bros. The club is a community of gamers who develop professional skills in communication and management, support a healthy culture of gaming, and partner with academic units to support the development of quality esports and gaming curricula. 

Games and Sport Management Majors

The McClure School also offers a degree in Information and Telecommunication Systems and a Games and Animation degree in collaboration with the School of Media Arts & Studies.

The Department of Sports Administration offers the Bachelor of Sport Management (B.S.M.) undergraduate degree, as well as MBA and MSA graduate degrees.


The Game Research and Immersive Design (GRID) Lab on the University's Athens campus is a hub of innovative and creative research and project development, focusing on cutting-edge augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) technology. The GRID Lab employs students, who gain hands-on professional experience as they work on game-design and training projects for major organizations.