Anonymous $1 Million Gift To Support Butler Esports Park – Inside INdiana Business

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Butler University has received an anonymous $1 million donation to support the construction of its Esports Park. The 7,500-square-foot esports and educational technology facility is expected to open in August.

Butler says the project will provide a dedicated space on campus for students to connect through competitive and recreational gaming. The facility will contain approximately 50 gaming PCs, as well as a game consoles and virtual reality area.

“The Esports Park was designed with the goal of providing the University and Central Indiana with an esports and technology hub, applying Butler’s signature level of excellence to an emerging field of academic and business interest,” said Eric Kammeyer, Butler’s director of esports and gaming technology. . “Our goal is to build a diverse and inclusive esports program in partnership with a state-of-the-art facility. Strategic community partners advance the vision of becoming a national model for other higher education institutions on how to incorporate esports and its technology into a holistic academic and competitive program.”

Already a multi-billion dollar industry, esports is expected to become a $4.8 billion industry by 2030.

The facility is also expected to host corporate training events, as well as youth STEM and esports camps. The university says the facility will also provide broadcast production capabilities for live events such as podcasts and esports competitions, a coworking space, cafe and rentable offices.

Construction of the facility began last year.

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