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One section of the arena is specifically for members of the Varsity esports team. Photo Chuck Thomas/ODU


Esports & Gaming at ODU

Pursue your passions in esports and gaming! Whether your interest is competitive, casual, or academic, our gaming Monarchs have a space to thrive! You could participate as an extracurricular activity with student clubs, tryout for our varsity teams, or work towards developing a career path in the game design & development industry. Whatever your goal, ours is to support yours with a well-rounded and developmental environment for all students to enjoy.


square feet of gaming space


high-end gaming systems & consoles + game library


Competitions streamed live via Twitch.tv Partner Channel


ODU Esports supports 14 game titles in varsity-level competition


Member of the National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE)

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Follow and subscribe to our Twitch Partner Channel for the most up-to-date competitions.


Contact Grant Deppen, Assistant Director of Intramural Sports and Esports or Byron Hinson, Esports Coordinator.



 ODU Webb Center | Room 2114 (2nd Floor) | 1301 W 49th St, Norfolk, VA 23529


The Monarch Esports Arena (MEA) is a multi-purpose facility with 2,400+ sq. ft. of gaming space that is the home to ODU's Varsity Esports teams and much more. The MEA features 50 gaming computers, consoles, and a library of games to choose from. The arena also features a broadcast and streaming studio, as well as a console area for relaxing, social gaming.

The MEA hosts various special programs, on-campus events, and is available for reservation during specific periods. Because the facility serves multiple roles and populations, there is a possibility that functions of the space overlap. See Rec Well Facility Reservations for policy info.

General Student Policies

When can I play video games at the Monarch Esports Arena?

Students can drop-in for gaming hours during open hours 12pm - 8pm daily* (except holidays).
*Split into 2-hour blocks, 12PM-2PM, 2-4PM, 4-6PM, 6-8PM*


  • Users must be a current ODU Student
  • Must use PC's with GGLeap software system
  • Must use provided keyboard and mouse
  • Pre-Registration for a 2-hour time block is required
  • Limited to 2-hours per student, per day
  • Food is not allowed
  • Drink must be in a solid container and have a sealable top
  • Required to leave at the end of your 2-hour session

Varsity Team Player Policies


Varsity team players and staff may utilize the facility throughout the operating hours of Webb Center.


  • Varsity players will not be required to formally register if they're taking part in a team activity or player development.
  • Team and player development activities must be known to the Assistant Director prior to use.
  • May use personal keyboard and mouse
  • Food is not allowed
  • Drink must be in a solid container and have a sealable top

Equipment & Specs

Component Specs Manufacturer
Gaming PCs Case Alienware Aurora R11 Dell
Graphics Card (GPU) RTX 2060 Super, 8GB GDDR6 Nvidia
Processor (CPU) 10th Gen i7-10700k Intel
Memory (RAM) 16GB Dual Channel Hyperx DDR4 HyperX
Storage 512GB M.2 SSD + 2TB SATA
Monitors 25in, 250Hz, 1ms, G-SYNC/Free Sync Compatible Dell
Keyboard Alienware mechanical, gaming, low-profile Dell
Mouse Alienware wired/wireless gaming mouse Dell
Consoles & Controllers Nintendo Switch 32GB Nintendo
PS5 Controllers Wired Sony (Playstation)
XBox Controllers Wired Microsoft (XBox)

*Headsets and controllers are available to be checked out*

**New generation consoles (PS5 and Xbox Series X) will be available when products can be purchased.**

Broadcast & Production Suite

The Monarch Esports Arena is also home to a broadcast suite dedicated to live production and content creation to support the ODU Varsity Esports teams.

The suite has several unique features including:

  • mounted PTZ cameras in the arena, remotely controlled from the suite to capture players in-game
  • game capture card for 4k streaming
  • display monitors mounted in the broadcast desk
  • greenscreen backdrop for graphics and game overlay
  • Streamdeck XL for transitions and display changes
  • streaming, graphics, and design software

Students working in this space will be able to build their own portfolio for their professional career or pursue a passion related to streaming and gaming.

Students interested in attaining these positions should contact Grant Deppen, Assistant Director of Intramural Sports and Esports via email, gdeppen@odu.edu.



High School and Transfer Students


  • All current ODU students must complete the Esports Gamer Profile form to be eligible for tryouts.
  • Several game titles require a specific rank to be eligible for the tryout. Players that fall below the specified rank can still be part of junior varsity level teams or the ODU Esports Club.


Tryouts for 2022-2023 were held August 29-September 17. Stay tuned for 2023-2024 tryout information!



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