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May 2019

Harrisburg University Places First in National Esports Championship

HOUSTON, TX (May 12, 2019) Harrisburg University of Science and Technology (HU) Storm takes home the ESPN Overwatch National Championship trophy after defeating the top collegiate esports programs in North America. The Storm traveled to Houston, TX to compete among the Elite 8 for the inaugural Collegiate Esports Championship hosted by ESPN…READ MORE

February 2019

COMCAST BUSINESS POWERS NATION’S PREMIER ESPORTS FACILITY IN HARRISBURG

Comcast Business today announced that it has teamed up with two leading nonprofit institutions in central Pennsylvania, Harrisburg University of Science and Technology and Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts, to create a best-in-class facility for competitive, organized video gaming or “Esports.”

Next month, 16 Pa. colleges will compete in a varsity Esports championship

With its upcoming PA Cup, Harrisburg University is trying to remind you that esports are real.

During the weekend of March 30 to 31, 16 varsity and club collegiate teams from across Pennsylvania will compete online in matches in League of Legends, Overwatch and Hearthstone matches for the title of PA Cup Champion.

Harrisburg University announces major Esports milestone for Pennsylvania

(HU) has been selected out of more than 100 applicants as the official site of the 2019 NACE Conference. The National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE) joined Harrisburg University for the announcement in a press conference earlier today, along with Ted Black, Whitaker Center CEO, County Commissioner Jeff Haste and Mayor Papenfuse, from the City of Harrisburg.

HU, Comcast partnership connects collegiate gamers from coast to coast

A partnership between Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts and Comcast Corp. has created the best-in-class facility for competitive, organized video gaming or “Esports.”

Harrisburg to Host the 2019 NACE National Convention

The National Association of Collegiate Esports has selected Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, to host the 2019 NACE National Convention. The convention will be held at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology July 17–19.

January 2019

HU Storm Welcomes Professional Overwatch Player to Esports Coaching Staff

Harrisburg University of Science and Technology (HU) has made its mark on the esports landscape, and with the addition of a world-ranked Overwatch gamer to its coaching staff, is positioned to take on 2019 with even more vigor.

Overwatch’s Joemeister Joins Harrisburg University

Esports in the United States are going to grow significantly in 2019 and  all sorts of initiatives are popping up around it. Each of the 100 + participating colleges is set to recruit top talent which will allow the institutions to win the most competitions and bring in the most scholarship money and distinction for their would-be alma mater.

20 Colleges With Varsity eSports Programs

$493 million. That’s the perceived value of the global Esports market in 2017. Some expect that number to triple over the next couple years, reaching $1.5 billion by 2020.

Harrisburg University breaks the top 5 in ESPN top 25 esports ranking

Harrisburg University has been putting a lot of energy and effort into their esports program over the past year. And it seems that those efforts have paid off.

Harrisburg University esports team ranked No. 4 by ESPN: HU Storm ranks in first Top 25 College League of Legends Coaches Poll

Harrisburg University Storm’s League of Legends esports team is ranked 4th in the first-ever ESPN College League of Legends ranking. The poll will be updated every other week based on responses from a group of more than 40 college coaches in the U.S and Canada.

Esports legend joins HU Storm’s all-star coaching staff

Harrisburg University of Science and Technology (HU) is doubling down after a recent 4th place national ranking and has hired former professional player Alex “Xpecial” Chu to coach its League of Legends team. Chu joins Giuseppe “Joemeister” Gramano (Overwatch) and Chad “HistoryTeacher” Smeltz to round out the experienced coaching staff at Harrisburg University.

Susquehanna Esports to provide opportunities for HU players

A group of regional investors has announced the formation of a Harrisburg-based esports organization that will establish several professional esports teams, train players and coaches, and deliver technical production services to the eSports industry

December 2018

Taking the midstate by Storm: HU helps usher in esports era

Harrisburg University of Science and Technology helped bring eEports to Central Pennsylvania in a big way this year by hosting the largest collegiate competitive gaming tournament to date.

November 2018

Harrisburg University, Whitaker Center unveil Esports training facility

After hosting the largest collegiate Esports tournament in the country in September, Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts has quickly expanded its Esports infrastructure.

HUE Fest puts Harrisburg, PA On Global Map with FestX Nomination

Harrisburg University Esports (HUE) Festival is a FestX Award finalist in the Best Esports Festival category. The FestX Awards honor innovators and visionaries in the festival space. 

Why Harrisburg University has 174,000 square feet of Esports space

Harrisburg University, the STEM-focused higher ed institution with campuses in the state capital as well as Center City Philadelphia, wants to help Harrisburg become a hub for eEports.

October 2018

Hewlett Packard spotlights HU Esports and HUE Festival

The Harrisburg University Esports and Music Festival (HUE Festival) drew thousands of guests to downtown Harrisburg last weekend and shined a national spotlight on the University and its new esports program.

September 2018

HUE Fest attracts thousands, grabs national attention

The Harrisburg University Esports and Music Festival (HUE Festival) drew thousands of guests to downtown Harrisburg last weekend and shined a national spotlight on the University and its new esports program.

August 2018

Harrisburg University set to become eSports powerhouse

The Harrisburg University opened back in 2001. Since that time, it has invested over $3 million in eSports, making it one of the most notable institutions of learning with a particular flair for competitive video gaming. 

HU introduces inaugural Varsity Esports Team at Media Day

Harrisburg University of Science and Technology introduced players of the University’s varsity esports team, The Storm, to members of the media, the community, and greater campus Thursday.

July 2018

HU reveals Esports team name, roster

Harrisburg University of Science and Technology introduced its official Esports team name as the “Harrisburg University Storm” during a press conference held at the school Thursday.

“The Storm”: HU unveils e-sports team name, logo, mascot.

Harrisburg University yesterday unveiled its new team logo, mascot and name, which proved fittingly appropriate as the Susquehanna River rose after days of torrential rain.

Some US Colleges Offer Full Scholarships to Gamers

Most Americans would never put an activity like video gaming in the same group with a physically demanding sport like football or basketball.

April 2018

Harrisburg University eSports scholarship competition gains national attention

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – The competition is heating up for one of Harrisburg University’s eSports scholarships. HBO is doing a documentary on the unique program. 

Harrisburg University hosts international esports tryout

Harrisburg University’s varsity esports program hosted a 35-player tryout for players from around the world Friday, with full-ride scholarships to the university for League of Legends, Hearthstone and Overwatch players on the line.

February 2018

Harrisburg University Esports program preps for moment in spotlight

Titus “Titus” Bang fell in love with Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, the moment he set eyes on it.