Our program isn't just about playing. We give you opportunities to develop valuable skills that will make you successful inside and outside the classroom.
If you're interested in playing or coaching for Illinois State esports, fill out our interest form to get more information.
We hold semi-annual group tryouts for varsity titles in early March and October. We also hold individual tryouts year-round.
As a varsity gamer at Illinois State, you get:
Collegiate esports does not have a universally-recognized governing body. We choose our varsity titles using the following guidelines.
We pay close attention to what our students play on campus. Even if a game is popular on campus, there may be factors that limit us to offer it as a varsity title.
We rely on intellectual property holders to provide competitive leagues and tournaments.
We invest in our players with scholarships. To help offset those costs, we consider the potential tournament prize pool.
We look at titles other universities offer for varsity sports. While we plan to be a leader be one of the first universities to offer varsity status to up and coming titles, we want to make sure we set our players up for success.