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August 23, 2021 

The ESports industry is expected to pass the $1 billion mark by early 2022. SUNY Niagara will meet demand within the industry both on the creative side and on a competitive level for students. A newly renovated portion of SUNY Niagara’s cafeteria has been reconstructed and redesigned as the new Advanced Computing Lab, which will host computer programming courses as well as serve as a home base for SUNY Niagara’s ESports teams.

To celebrate, SUNY Niagara will host the official launch party on Wednesday, August 25 from 5-7PM at the Sanborn Campus in Room G-121C. Students, employees, alumni, and the public are welcome to attend and check out the new space. Guests can witness the ribbon cutting ceremony, watch and play live demonstrations of PC, console, and board games, and enjoy a complimentary hors d’oeuvres buffet.

SUNY Niagara’s Athletics and Student Life are actively recruiting registered students to join new ESports teams. Competitive games such as Fortnite, APEX Legends, Call of Duty: Warzone, Valorant, Counter Strike: Global Offensive, Rocket League, and Hearthstone. However, any game that a student has interest in will be considered when forming teams. The college is already nationally ranked and recognized by the National Junior College Athletics Association (NJCAA) for traditional athletics and will soon be adding ESports to their Division III competitions.

The new Advanced Computing Lab is equipped with more than 20 dual monitor stations, state-of-the-art gaming equipment including user-friendly keyboards, mice, lighting, and headphones. There are three 80-inch television monitors for console gaming as well as a gaming room atmosphere with climate control, room darkening capabilities, and Thunderwolves EGaming branded décor. The room will be staffed with an employee to aid students in the lab whether they are playing games or creating them. The lab will be home to SUNY Niagara’s ESports Teams as well as the Gaming and Anime Club outside of regularly scheduled classes.

For more information regarding the August 25 launch party or ESports, please contact Denyel Beiter at 716-614-5974 or dbeiter@niagaracc.suny.edu

ESports lab

SUNY Niagara’s new Advanced Computing Lab is located in G121C on the Sanborn Campus. The lab will host advanced programming and computer courses, SUNY Niagara Athletics ESports teams, and the Gaming and Anime Club.

ESports lab


Media Contact Information

Denyel Beiter
Event Coordinator, Public Relations and Event Management
Phone: 716-614-5974
Email: dbeiter@niagaracc.suny.edu