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Illinois University Hosts Nation's First Varsity eSports Arena

Robert Morris University Illinois and gaming system builder iBuyPower have made history by launching the first varsity-level eSports arena in the United States.

RMU Illinois has gained the prestige of being the first university in the world to feature an on-campus facility for gaming for educational and competitive purposes.


Competitive gaming under the official eSports banner now joins RMU Illinois’ roster of collegiate activities, alongside traditional sports like football and soccer. Like their football team, the university’s eSports team will be known as the Eagles.

But it’s not all about fun and games–RMU is quite serious about its competitive gaming presence.


iBuyPower has officially sponsored RMU’s eSports arena, providing the facility with a slew of powerful hardware to fuel competitive gaming.

The Illinois university offers a full scholarship program focused on eSports, giving gamers the chance at higher learning utilizing their digital prowess.

“We’re thrilled to be launching our eSports scholarship program and putting eSports on the map in higher-education,” said Kurt Melcher, Associate Athletic Director and eSports Coordinator at RMU Illinois.

“With the iBUYPOWER eSports Arena at RMU, we’re changing the way the world thinks about gaming and education.”

The campus arena is full-scale eSports battleground that’s powered by top-of-the-line hardware straight from iBuyPower.

RMU’s Eagles will have the latest and greatest of PC gaming solutions from NVIDIA with GeForce GTX GPUs, and Intel with Core i7 processors and ASUS monitors–all of which ensure the very best in performance.


This landmark moment may kick-off widespread interest in the growing eSports sector and prompt other universities to embrace collegiate-level gaming. It’ll be interesting to see if this trend catches on, and who RMU Illinois’ Eagles will face off against in their first arena competition.