SEMO adds eSports venue for students starting next fall

April 28, 2019 GMT

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) — Southeast Missouri State University plans to develop an eSports venue starting in the fall, aimed at attracting both recreational and competitive players.

The university says the venue will be in a 1,500-square-foot space currently occupied by a computer lab at the Towers Complex. It will feature two banks of six personal computers facing each other. Video gaming will be available in another corner of the room with consoles for Xbox, PlayStation and Nintendo.

A 70-inch TV will provide a view of live games as they’re played.

Director of Recreation Service Mike Buck says eSports have aggressively moved into the college environment. Southeast earlier this year created an eSports club that now has 60 members. The university also added eSports intramurals.