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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.


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

Monarch Esports Arena

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.

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 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

  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.**

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,

Player Recruitment & Team Tryouts


Online tryouts for 2024-2025 in Valorant, League of Legends, Rocket League, Overwatch 2, Call of Duty, & Super Smash Bros will be held in two phases from June - August 2024.