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The audience for eSports is expected to reach over 300 million by 2020. The League of Legends 2016 Championships alone had an estimated 43 million viewers.

eSports@Illinois Wesleyan University

eSports@IWU provides a competitive yet supportive gaming environment. Players hone their skills with the help of a seasoned coach and some of the best players in the world. We are dedicated to recruiting the best eSport athletes in the world. Let us know if you are interested in the program.

Read the Pantagraph article about our eSports program.

Read our press release.


Illinois Wesleyan University will be offering scholarship opportunities as it begins recruiting for the team’s debut season in the 2017-18 academic year. In addition to scholarships, the university will offer free room and board for the fall semester to new applicants that are accepted onto the team by August 26, 2017. Learn more about scholarship opportunities.

Competitive Leagues

Players will be placed on competitive rosters and receive coaching assistance in preparation for professional league play from a full-time coach. Illinois Wesleyan belongs to two competitive college eSport leagues: Learn more about the NACE and TESPA leagues.

Games Supported

League of Legends League of Legends

A fast-paced, competitive online game that blends the speed and intensity of an RTS with RPG elements. Two teams of powerful champions, each with a unique design and play style, battle head-to-head across multiple battlefields and game modes.



Hearthstone Hearthstone

A turn-based card game between two opponents, using constructed decks of thirty cards along with a selected hero with a unique power. Players use mana crystals to cast spells or summon minions to attack the opponent, with the goal to reduce the opponent hero's health to zero.



Hearthstone Overwatch

A team-based multiplayer first-person shooter video game. Overwatch assigns players into two teams of six, with each player selecting one of 24 pre-defined hero characters with unique movement, attributes, and abilities whose roles are divided into four categories: Offense, Defense, Tank, and Support.