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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 #5 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

Two Winthrop Valorant players fist bump after winning a game

Winthrop Esports 1st College Team to Qualify for Prestigious Tournament

Winthrop Esports is the first collegiate Valorant team to qualify for the prestigious Valorant Challengers 2024 tournament. According to head coach Josh Sides, the tournament is considered the second-tier of professional competition, and the Eagles will face both independent and professional-affiliated teams.

Winthrop, Visit York County and Carowinds Hosting Second Annual Rock the Winds Esports Tournament

Winthrop University, Visit York County and Carowinds will host the second annual Rock the Winds esports tournament on April 13-14. The event will bring hundreds of athletes including 20 of the top 50 players in the country to Carowinds to compete for a prize pool of $10,000.

The competition will feature Super Smash Bros Ultimate and Rivals of Aether, along with two new games for the 2024 event: Street Fighter and HewDraw Remix.

City Labs Inc. Announces Esports in Education Conference

City Labs Inc. will partner with Winthrop University's esteemed esports program to host what promises to be the largest esports conference in the Carolinas.

Scheduled to take place on Aug. 16-17 at the Winthrop Coliseum, this inaugural event will gather educators, gaming enthusiasts, drone industry professionals and top-tier esports competitors under one roof. Organizers want to deliver an unforgettable experience that celebrates the rapidly growing esports culture.

Winthrop Esports Wins Two National Championships

Winthrop's Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and League of Legends teams won national championships at the Collegiate Esports Commissioners Cup (CECC) and the National Esports Collegiate Conference (NECC) competitions in Arlington, Texas, May 3-5. Winthrop also received the CECC School of the Year Award, and computer science major Bharat Chintipall earned the MVP Award for his stellar play in the SSBU competition.

A crowd of people in the Winthrop Esports training room

Game Changing Esports Facility Now Open

The new Winthrop Esports Center, located in the Lowenstein Building, 300 Technology Way, Suite 223, is now open. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was recently held to officially open the facility.


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