Esports, as a concept and in practice, is the blending of the gaming world and the real world. It allows video games to be more accessible to the common audience and makes them easier to relate to.
About the Program
The Varsity Esports program at the University of Hartford works with and develops exceptional students to succeed in today's constantly changing environment. The program is housed underneath the Athletics department, meaning that individuals who join Esports will be considered student-athletes. Stay engaged through an extensive structure that encourages and creates positive experiences, which ultimately provides an avenue toward your own personal growth and development throughout your college career.
The program is designed to facilitate and work with your educational aspirations and career goals. It is unique in that there is no limit to the number of students that can be involved, and there are opportunities to be involved in so many ways—even outside of the competitive structure itself.
Ultimately, UHart's Esports is designed for students; you are our focus and after completing your time with us, we are certain that you will have gained something that will benefit you.
Note, we have a zero-tolerance policy for toxicity and negativity, the two most damaging aspects of competitive gaming to both students and the larger community.
- Call of Duty
- Counterstrike: Global Offensive
- League of Legends
- Rocket League
- Rogue Company
- Super Smash Brothers Ultimate
Helen Record is the team manager for the Overwatch team. Her responsibilities include being the public face for all team activities as well as the internal organizer for the team and its players.
The Esports program at the University of Hartford has given me the opportunity to foster my skills and gain experience doing what I love. The gaming community has been a large part of my life for a very long time and being able to get involved in a program like this is extremely exciting. The people I’ve met here have changed my college experience for the better.
The University has 12 high-end gaming setups in a brand new facility located within the Reich Family Pavillion (Sports Center). Learn about the specs of our setups below.
Alienware Aurora R11
10th Gen Intel Core i9 10900K (10-Core, 20MB Cache)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 10GB
32GB Dual Channel HyperX(FM) FURY DDR4 XMP
High-Performance CPU Liquid Cooling with 1000W Power Supply
Alienware 25’’ Gaming Monitor
Alienware Low Profile RGB Mechanical Keyboard
Alienware Wired/Wireless Mouse
Alienware 7.1 Gaming Headset
We have five Nintendo Switches for our Super Smash Brothers Ultimate Team, as well as a pair of Xbox consoles for certain sports games, such as FIFA.
Competitive Play and Student-Athlete Experience
This program understands that you are a student first. You will never have a practice during class, and we will do everything in our power to ensure competitive matches do not conflict with your class schedule.
This program is designed to adapt to the ever-changing world of competitive gaming, and because of that, we allow teams to be formed at any time, for any game that has an established, competitive gaming structure (league, conference, tournaments, etc). Students are given an opportunity to prove themselves, in their game of choice, to bring that into our sponsored category.
Even if you are not interested in competing as a competitive player, but still have an interest and desire to be involved in the program, we can make that happen!
Did you know the program has its own streaming and production team that broadcasts, captures, and edits our video content, and is entirely student-led and organized? We are actively looking for additional students who are interested in assisting with our broadcasts, being a shoutcaster for competitive play, serving as video editors for our streamed content, and graphic designers who help stage our streams. We also are recruiting for our social media and analytics teams.
Connect With Us
If you are interested in forming a team for a game that is not a part of our sponsored list, or joining in a supporting role for Esports, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out the UHart Esports community on Discord where our competitive team plays on a daily basis.