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January 31, 2019

Project Update – We’re Cutting

After a couple of short delays, we’re back on track! Saw cutting for the final HVAC components will wrap up this week. Final touches to the HVAC system will be installed shortly after and the remaining ceiling tiles will be added. Power outlets in the space are now live and we’re ready to plug in…

January 18, 2019

Take a Seat

Chairs have arrived! We’re keeping you comfortable in the Vertagear PL4500 racing-style gaming chair! The PL4500 is designed to give a wide range of adjustability, including an adjustable tilt that can be locked in 4 different positions. The chair also provides gamers with the best comfort and ergonomic support, including adjustable 3-D armrests that contour…

January 16, 2019

In the News

GeekWire University of Washington building esports arena and lounge to tap into huge gaming movement Kurt Schlosser January 15, 2019 The Stranger UW is for nerds Nathalie Graham January 15, 2019 InvenGlobal Esports Arena & Gaming Lounge to open at University of Washington David “Viion” Jang January 15, 2019 Esports Insider Esports Arena & Gaming…

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Esports Arena & Gaming Lounge to open at University of Washington Jackson Holtz

January 10, 2019

Bit by Bit – Computers are here!

Computers have arrived! On top of being pretty (check out that purple and gold glow), they’re custom built to provide you with the optimal gaming experience. In the coming weeks, the computers will be imaged and prepped for installation. A very special thanks to the Student Technology Fee for funding the equipment in the Esports…

November 20, 2018

Project Update – Finally Some Purple

Farewell white walls! The arena artwork is up and needless to say, we’re pretty excited. We’re looking forward to unveiling Alexandra Souter’s incredible work at our grand opening this spring. For now, we’ll just say it’s a perfect balance of classic gaming and UW history.

October 19, 2018

Games, Games, Games

As the build out continues, we’ve also been hard at work behind the scenes. On of our team’s favorite projects has been working with students to identify which games they want to play. Our initial list of games includes: ARK Battlefield 1 Call of Duty: WWII Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive…

September 27, 2018

Project Update – Lights, camera, almost ready for action!

The new downlights were in installed this week with dimmers to allow control of lighting in three quadrants of the arena. Final duct work will be installed shortly followed by replacing the ceiling tiles. And then…we’re ready for inspection! Next up on the project list is the installation of the entry doors. And then the…

September 14, 2018

Project Update – White Walls…For Now

Step by step, we’re getting closer! The grid work for updated lighting was installed this week…on stilts! The new lighting will be installed next week followed by the remaining duct work for the HVAC system. Wiring and outlets have been added for new security cameras. In preparation for our artwork installation, the room was painted…

September 6, 2018

Project Update – Taking Shape

Moving right along! Wire drops to support the PCs in the middle of the room were added at the end of August. The existing lights have been removed and the new downlights with dimmers will be installed shortly. Ducts for the HVAC system are beginning to be installed and will be completed after the lighting…

August 29, 2018

Cheaper Than a Latte

We’ve been hard at work crunching the numbers and are excited to share our rates! Students are at the heart of everything we do and we believe our pricing structure reflects our mission to enhance community, provide dynamic spaces, and foster student engagement. We will continue to do everything we can to increase access for…

August 20, 2018

Project Update – Making Progress

The backbone of our arena are the power, Cat 6a high-speed internet access, and HVAC systems. Majority of our initial renovation work will be creating the infrastructure that will support casual and competitive gamers. Electricians have begun to add power and Cat 6a cables throughout the arena. Cord racks have been added above the ceiling…

August 15, 2018

And the winner is…

This Spring, we hosted a design competition for the Esports Arena & Gaming Lounge. We’re excited to announce that Alexandra Souter was selected as the winning artist! Alexandra is a senior studying Environmental Science: Resource Management and has been involved with the Washington Gaming Association (WGA) since her freshman year. The selection committee fell in…

July 9, 2018

Project Update – Let The Games Begin!

Today we “broke ground” on the Esports Arena and Gaming Lounge! Construction began slowly, with the removal of wall bumpers, but every small change is a step closer to our goal of creating a space to build and enhance UW’s gaming community. Most of the early work will be behind the scenes, building the infrastructure…

Bad Company

HUB Games 8 Ball Tournament

HUB Games 8 Ball Tournament

Shaun King at the HUB

Shaun King at the HUB

POSTPONED: Casey Neistat

POSTPONED: Casey Neistat


Christina Buckman
University of Washington

Justin Camputaro, PhD
University of Washington

Karee Shaw
Washington State University