KENNESAW, Ga. | Mar 29, 2021
In its inaugural year of varsity competition, Kennesaw State Esports has won its first Peach Belt Conference League of Legends championship.
Competing in its first conference tournament with scholarship Esports players, the
Owls beat Augusta, North Georgia and Florida Southern en route to the Peach Belt title, earning a berth in the College League of Legends national championship tournament scheduled for May and June.
KSU launched its varsity Esports Program in fall 2020, joining the Peach Belt as its first NCAA Division I associate member. The league features members at the NCAA Division I, II and III levels. KSU was previously a full member of the Peach Belt from 1994 to 2005 before moving to the Division I ranks, winning four national championships as a part of the Georgia-based Division II conference.
In addition to League of Legends, the University sponsors varsity teams in Rocket League and SMITE, with 19 students earning scholarships for their participation. KSU is also a member of the National Association of Collegiate Esports, joining a growing number of universities nationwide that support intercollegiate Esports.
The varsity program builds upon the institution’s rich history of Esports on campus, which includes a highly active registered student organization and 10 competition clubs. The varsity Esports Program is the result of a joint effort involving the Division of Student Affairs, the College of Computing and Software Engineering and the Department of Athletics.
A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its more than 45,000 students. Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia with 11 academic colleges. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 7 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.