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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) is the second-largest university in Houston and 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 approximately 14,000 students, boasts more than 66,000 alumni, and offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences and Technology. UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas.

U.S. News and World Report ranked UHD among the nation’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Applied Administration and Best Online Master’s Programs in Criminal Justice, as well as a Top Performer in Social Mobility. The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranked UHD one of the best colleges in the U.S. for its 2024 rankings, with notable distinctions: No. 1 for diversity (tied) and No. 3 for student experience. The University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military Friendly School. For more information on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit uhd.edu.