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Esports Arena & Gaming Lounge

Opening in Fall 2018, the HUB Esports Arena & Gaming Lounge will be a 1,000 square-foot full service gaming center with 40 high-end gaming computers supporting casual and competitive gaming. It will serve as the nerve-center and nexus between student communities, business communities, and gaming culture.

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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 really fun stuff! We’ll be installing artwork, mounting digital displays, and bringing in furniture. We’re getting close!

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 a base white. But don’t worry Dawgs, we’ll be bringing back plenty of purple!

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 installation. The walls have been patched and primed and will be painted in preparation for the new artwork. Tables are scheduled to arrive mid-September and new glass doors will arrive and be installed mid-October. The arena is beginning to take shape and we’re getting excited for students to see all our progress in the coming weeks!

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 students and eliminate barriers to participation, such as cost.

  1 hour 10 hours
UW Students $3.50 $30
UW Fac/Staff $4.50 $40
General $6.00

As we compared local PC gaming rates, we aspired to provide UW students with the least expensive experience in the Seattle area. And we did! GameWorks charges $5/hour, $20 for 5 hours ($4/hour), or $25 for a half-day pass. And compared to other collegiate esports arenas, we are among the least expensive. The University of California, Irvine charges $4/hour or $36 for 10 hours ($3.60/hour).

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 panels to manage and route the Cat 6a cables. We are committed to providing the best gaming experience for our community and it starts behind the walls!

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 love with Alexandra’s nostalgic design and its connection to UW. We’re keeping Alexandra’s design under wraps until our grand opening, but we will share a teaser…a nod to our favorite Dawg, Gamer Dubs.

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 to support the space. Ceiling panels are being temporary moved to allow electricians access for new power lines and Cat 6a high-speed internet cables. In the coming months we’ll be adding a new heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system which will maintain cool and clean air for the computers and servers. Here we go!

Contact

Justin Camputaro
HUB Director
jcamp77@uw.edu | 206-543-8132

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