Oct 20 2023

EDUCAUSE 2023: Esports Drives Community Collaboration

Vanessa Kenon, the associate vice president for technology compliance and community engagement at the University of Texas at San Antonio, can practically see the Six Flags Fiesta Texas amusement park out her office window. So, when a group of students from the university’s esports team, Roadrunner Gaming, came to her with an opportunity to bring the two entities together, she jumped at it.

The resulting partnership allowed UTSA students to get in on the ground floor of the eSix Gaming arena, which serves as the team’s home arena. It has provided six students paid employment and a chance to work with the high-end technology they’re likely to encounter in the growing esports industry after graduation.

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    Doug Konopelko, Senior Manager, Education Impact, CDW

    Vanessa Kenon, Associate Vice President, Technology Compliance and Community Engagement, University of Texas at San Antonio

    Danielle Rourke, National Esports Manager, CDW

Video Highlights

  • Esports programs allow higher education institutions to connect with community leaders in ways that benefit the university, local businesses and K–12 students.
  • The University of Texas at San Antonio’s esports program, Roadrunner Gaming, is housed at the nearby Six Flags amusement park, where students help run major events and host intercollegiate competitions.
  • San Antonio-area students can also use the new eSix Gaming arena and get a closer look at career opportunities in esports.