Laurel Ridge opens esports arena

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Laurel Ridge Community College opened their new esports arena earlier this fall.

The arena is located in the Middletown Campus’s Student Union Building and contains 12 PCs, three Nintendo Switches, and a broadcasting/streaming station.

The new arena is also part of a partnership with Shenandoah University who helped Laurel Ridge purchase $50,000 in equipment using a grant SU received for its Hub for Innovation, Virtual Reality and Entrepreneurship, or HIVE.

Laurel Ridge business administration students can transfer to SU’s esports management degree program which offers certificates, bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

Shenandoah also provided two interns to Laurel Ridge to help establish the esports program.

Roughly 50 students have signed up for the new Lions Esports Organization, or LEO, which is open to all students whether they are playing competitively or recreationally.

To learn more information about the esports program at Laurel Ridge, click here.

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