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UHD eSports Center Ushers in New Era

University of Houston-Downtown's (UHD) new eSports Center ushered in a new era marked by offering innovative pathways to increasing student engagement.

The eSports Center opened Tuesday, Nov. 20 and is ready for students to play individually or in groups. Students must sign in with an attendant (stationed near the Center’s entrance) to use the eSports Center. The venue will host open play throughout the spring semester with the option for competitive play.

Multiple news outlets including Houston Public Media, KTRK-ABC13 and KRIV- Fox26 covered the grand opening. 

The execution of the Center sets the stage for players to hone their skills, down to the professional gaming chairs and headsets. Games to be played will likely include Overwatch, Dota 2, League of Legends, Heroes of the Storm, Smite, Fortnite, and others.

UHD's president, Dr. Juan Sánchez Muñoz, hopes to see an eSports team emerge in the near future to eventually compete against other universities. 

Students seeking additional information on the Center or the proposed team, are encouraged to contact studentactivities@uhd.edu.

About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) – the second-largest university in Houston – has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974.

As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates more than 15,000 students; boasts more than 61,000 alumni and offers 45 bachelor’s, nine master’s degree programs and 16 fully online programs within five colleges (Marilyn Davies College of Business; Humanities & Social Sciences; Public Service; Sciences & Technology; and University College).

For the fourth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report ranks UHD among universities across the nation for Best Online Criminal Justice Programs (No. 27 and No. 15 for Veterans) and Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.

UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston and one of the lowest in Texas. U.S. News ranked the University among Top Performers on Social Mobility and awarded UHD a No. 1 ranking as the most diverse institution of higher education in the southern region of the U.S. The University is noted nationally as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, Minority-Serving Institution and Military Friendly School. For more on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit www.uhd.edu.