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Esports

Butler Esports has been competing since 2017 and currently supports two titles that compete in the BIG EAST Conference: League of Legends and Rocket League. Beyond the BIG EAST, students can also compete in club esports titles in Apex Legends, Call of Duty, Counter-Strike, Fortnite, Hearthstone, Overwatch, Rainbow Six, Super Smash Bros Ultimate, and VALORANT.

By the time students arrive on the Butler University campus in fall 2022, a 7,500-square-foot space, called “The Park”, dedicated to esports and educational technology will be ready to welcome them back. With high-performance gaming PC’s and consoles, event and coworking spaces, a cafe, office areas for partner organizations, and a studio and production room, the venue will provide a hub for the tech community while expanding on Butler’s growing presence in esports.

Butler students already have more ways to get involved with esports on campus—even in the classroom.

Butler’s College of Communication (CCOM) has launched an Esports Communication minor that kicked off this spring ‘22. This 18-credit-hour program provides students with a foundation in esports production, communication, business, marketing, and more—building in-demand skills needed for a variety of careers in the booming world of competitive gaming. Esports Communication students can also choose from one of several focus areas: multimedia graphics, leadership, sales, entrepreneurship, or media analytics.

“For years, Butler has been exploring opportunities in the esports space, focusing on community, competition, and curriculum,” says Dr. Lee Farquhar, Associate Professor and Interim Director of the Eugene S. Pulliam School of Journalism and Creative Media. “The Esports Communication minor has grown out of conversations among faculty from across the University, and it has been a campus-wide effort to create this interdisciplinary program. We are pleased to offer students this opportunity to learn the skills they’ll need to succeed in the ever-growing gaming industry. We look forward to utilizing the new Butler Esports Park as an academic resource.”

Esports Featured Initiative

Esports Challenge
Support Butler Esports! On Day of Giving, 50 gifts will unlock $3,000 for the Esports program. Butler Esports teams provide meaningful outlets for a diverse group of students, resources for faculty, educational opportunities, and community outreach. Make your gift and support the program now!

$100,000
Participation Challenge
Some call it giving back, we call it the Butler Way. Thank you, Bulldogs! And a special thank you to Ken Massaroni '83 and Lori Ziemba '82, and Lynne Zydowsky '81for funding this challenge.
1,500 / 1,500 Gifts
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Area of Campus Leaderboard
Check out which Area of Campus is leading the pack on Day of Giving!
Rank Department Gifts
1 College of Liberal Arts and Sciences 226
2 Live Mascot Program 204
3 Lacy School of Business 188
4 Alumni Engagement 156
5 College of Education 129
6 College of Communication 121
7 Athletics 120
8 College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences 110
9 Jordan College of the Arts 80
10 Esports 57
11 Hub for Black Affairs and Community Engagement 55
12 Student Affairs 46
13 Center for Faith and Vocation 24
14 Career and Professional Success 21
15 Butler Arts and Events Center 15
16 Libraries 10
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$3,000
Esports Challenge
$3,000 unlocked for the Butler Esports program! Go Dawgs!
50 / 50 Gifts
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Alumni Community Leaderboard
Check out which Alumni Communities are making the largest impact on Butler Day of Giving!
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Rank Answer Gifts
1 Central Indiana Community 217
2 Chicago Community 68
3 Greater Detroit Community 24
4 Greater Boston Community 21
5 Greater New York Community 15
6 St. Louis Community 14
7 Bay Area Community 9
8 Fort Wayne Community 9
9 Cincinnati Community 8
10 Washington, DC Community 8
11 Greater Evansville Community 7
12 Atlanta Community 6
13 Mile High Community 5
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$5,000
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Faculty and Staff Challenge
We did it! Thanks to all LAS Faculty and Staff that made a gift.
100 / 100 Gifts
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Final Countdown Challenge
In the final hours of Day of Giving, gifts made to the Butler Fund for Student Scholarship will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $10,000. Your gift to the Butler Fund for Student Scholarship could be the game-winner pushing us over the 1,500 gift goal unlocking an additional $80,000 in student scholarship support!
$10,000 MATCHED
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