Viterbo adds eSports, video gaming program to compete in 2022

LA CROSSE (WKBT) — Viterbo University is adding eSports to its competitive collegiate programs, it announced Wednesday.

The Viterbo V-Hawk team members will compete in League of Legends, Overwatch, Rocket League, Hearthstone, and additional games based on student interest. The university will have a 1,800-square foot eSports arena in the Murphy Center to begin competition in the 2022-23 academic year.

“The addition of eSports aligns perfectly with Viterbo’s mission and strategic plan,” said Barry Fried, director of athletics. “We will be providing more opportunities for students to participate, and research has shown that being an eSport athlete requires strategy, goal setting, teamwork, critical thinking, and problem solving—all skills that directly translate to the real world.”

The search for the first Viterbo eSports head coach is currently underway. Scholarship funds for eSports athletes are available and will be awarded at the discretion of the coach based on ability and competitive success. The eSports program will be co-ed.

Anyone interested in being a member of the inaugural Viterbo eSports team should visit
Western Technical College also has an eSports program in La Crosse.