Gamers can level up their skills through a new gaming lounge at ADUC.

At the beginning of the Fall 2022 semester, Morehead State unveiled an eSports lounge dedicated to host several clubs in a consistent location to conduct meetings. The addition makes MSU one of a few Kentucky colleges with a gaming center on campus. 

“We were very excited, we thought it was a good challenge,” said Darrell Smith, director IT Infrastructure Services at MSU. “And this being a large growing industry, aspects should be offered to the students. This is a multimillion industry that is growing” 

The project is a collaboration between the Division of Student Affairs, Student Government Association, Office of Facilities Management, the Office of Information Technology and student gaming club. 

Smith said the primary goal of the lounge was to create a new resource for not only the gaming community, but for any MSU student interested in experimenting a new hobby. Several clubs including MSU’s intramurals will utilize the space throughout the semester.

The eSports lounge will feature 10 gaming stations capable of hosting two five-person teams and two additional units that are “hot swappable” in case of technical issues.

“I know they are going to be pleased because the specs on this stuff are going to be top of the line," Smith said in an MSU release. "At the end of the day, it's going to translate to an experience that is fabulous."  

Through MSU’s existing partnership with Dell, the lounge will provide all necessary hardware including Alienware desktops, IPS monitors and Samsung televisions for consoles – which will solve previous technical and logistical issues that caused struggles for club functions last semester.

This opportunity will prevent students from having to haul their own gaming equipment for meetings. 

“Lugging a desktop to ADUC by yourself turns into a weekly nightmare.” said Christian Miller, president of MSU’s fighting games community. “And internet is not optimal when it comes to fighting games due to the time sensitive nature of the games.” 

Depending on its use, a streaming room may be upgraded to the lounge. 

“I would say that the student feedback we have received so far has been excitement,” said Russ Mast, vice president for student affairs, in an MSU release. “Anytime we can add or bring opportunities to campus that enhance the student experience is great.”

The eSports lounge can be found in room 252 of the Adron Doran University Center.