Varsity Esports

Varsity Esports

Creating the Next Gen of Athletes


Spring Esports Tryouts!

ETSU Esports will be hosting online-only tryouts for League of Legends and Overwatch. Registration is open now, so check out our official Discord channels to sign up but act fast!

Registration Dates:

  • League of Legends: now – April 16th, 2020 at 4:30pm
  • Overwatch: now – April 23rd at 4:30pm

Tryout Dates:

Online-only tryouts will be hosted by ETSU Esports:

  • League of Legends: April 17th, 2020
  • Overwatch: April 24th, 2020

Be sure to watch the games on

East Tennessee State University is launching a varsity esports program that will begin recruiting and building teams in Spring 2020 and start national competitions in the 2020/2021 academic year. ETSU's varsity teams will compete against other universities in League of Legends and Overwatch. On the academic side of esports,  ETSU is proud to offer a graduate certificate in Esports Management. Keep reading to find out more about student athlete recruitment, future connections to academic programs and related student organizations.

Varsity Teams

Do you have what it takes to be a varsity esports team member? Maybe you are not a gamer, but you have digital media, communication or other skills. Would you like to volunteer and be a part of the esports experience?
Please fill out the form below if you are interested in being a part of ETSU esports.

ETSU will be building teams during the spring 2020 semester.

Overwatch: 2 teams of 6 players

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League of Legends: 2 teams of 5 players
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Varsity Machine Tech Specs
  • Alienware Aurora R8 
  • Liquid cooled 9th generation Intel Core i7
  • 64 gigs of RAM
  • 500 gig Solid State Drive
  • Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 TI video card
  • 25-inch G-Sync monitor

Get more information about tryouts and requirements



Interested? Request more info about the ETSU Esports Team…


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Create or View your gaming profile: (Overwatch) or (League of Legends)

Schedule and Game Play

Schedule of Activities
  • Twitch Live, Monday - Friday 2:30pm - 4:00pm
  • Come play on our prototype Alienware Aurora R8 w/ GeForce 2080 Ti video card and leave feedback.  Any ETSU student with a League of Legends or Overwatch account can play.  Email us or feel free to drop by Nicks Hall 424 and see if the room is available.
  • Recruiting and tryouts begin Spring 2020. Get more information from our tryouts page.

Our New State-of-the-Art Facility

Tournament Arena - The Cave

The Cave has been an iconic part of ETSU life for decades, now, following a two-year, multimillion-dollar renovation, it will become The CAVE Esports Arena! The facility will be the center of video gaming on campus and the region. Completely re-thought and designed for console, PC, and live board gaming, The Cave's central attraction will be the new ETSU Esports Video Wall measuring a massive 32 feet to accommodate a variety of public display needs, including presentation of gameplay for LIVE esports tournaments!

Regular video gaming tournaments will be scheduled in the Cave by both the team and campus gaming organization! Team tournament coverage will be streamed live, complete with live, on-site, play by play announcing on TWITCH.TV and displayed on the massive VIDEO WALL!

Private Practice Facility in the Cave: "Der Rathskeller"
ETSU Esport team members will have a dedicated training facility in the center of the Cave Esports Arena equipped with 14 top of the line performance PCs and an audio visual display that can allow coaches to spotlight each player's machine on a central monitor for review and instruction. 

Open Gaming in The Cave
Make no mistake, The Cave is dedicated to open gaming for all students with many table stations equipped with power and internet and nooks featuring monitors waiting for you to plug in! A central hub will be devoted to high end gaming PCs.

THE FUTURE IS HERE! Start your legend with ETSU Esports!

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