Winthrop University: Esports


National Championships


Big South Championship


Major Tournament Appearances

Varsity Teams

Now Recruiting!
Varsity | JV | Club

If you are interested in attending Winthrop and joining our esports community, please contact us!

Winthrop is proud to be the home of one of the fastest-growing, winningest esports programs in the country. Established in 2019, our program was one of the first varsity esports programs in Division I athletics, and has since burst onto the scene, winning two national championships within the first 18 months.

As Winthrop continues to be a major force in the sport, we are expanding our program to include JV and club divisions, providing an inclusive environment for gamers of all levels of experience and interest. Here, our esports athletes pursue their passion for gaming all while earning a world-class education, as Winthrop is the #6 public university in the south according to US News & World Report.

Esports Opportunities

Whatever game you're into, you'll find a home here.

Available Teams & Roles

  • League of Legends
  • Valorant
  • Overwatch
  • Smash Bros.
  • Video Editing
  • Graphic Design
  • Stream Production
  • Casting
  • Social Media Management
  • And more!

Financial Aid assistance is available.


News & Announcements

New Esports Space Coming Soon

Winthrop's esports program will begin leasing space this summer in the historic Lowenstein Building in University Center in the Knowledge Park corridor. The new location will contain five varsity team game room spaces, a large open game room with seating for 56, a conference/team meeting room and four offices. According to esports Coach Josh Sides, who has built the Winthrop program, “Leasing this space will allow the Eagle program to move from just competing competitively to now focusing on building the program in the community."

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Rock the Winds

The inaugural Rock the Winds Tournament, a 2-day Smash/Rivals event hosted by Winthrop Esports, took place March 25-26, 2023. Almost 200 participants gathered at Carowinds for the tournament, including some of the highest level players in the world. The full tournament results and stream sets are available online. 

Smash Ultimate Doubles: Spencer "PAR Scend" Garner and Bharat "Lima" Chintapall
Smash Ultimate Singles: Bharat "Lima" Chintapall
Rivals of Aether Singles: Trevor "Codek" Young

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Last Updated: 5/22/23