Harrisburg University is taking big steps to establish our capital city as a premier destination for esports on the East Coast. They’ve just unveiled their latest project: a cutting-edge gaming facility called the LAN Center, or Local Area Network, which is set to become a hub for gamers in the region.
This state-of-the-art facility will be home to the Harrisburg Soniqs, a professional esports team, and will also provide a dedicated gaming space for collegiate players. In addition, community members can reserve the area for exclusive events, giving everyone a chance to get in on the action.
Esports, or video gameplay competitions, is a rapidly expanding multibillion-dollar industry, and Harrisburg University is at the forefront of this exciting movement. As proof of their commitment to esports, the Storm Esports squad is the only varsity sport at the university. With the launch of the LAN Center, Harrisburg University is cementing its position as a major player in the esports world.
Moreover, Harrisburg University is proud to sponsor a range of club esports teams. What sets this institution apart, however, is its status as one of the few universities nationwide to offer a bachelor’s degree in Esports Administration.
This innovative program gives students hands-on experience in event organizing, marketing, and production, as they collaborate with the Storm and Soniqs teams. The ultimate goal? To prepare students for lucrative jobs in the burgeoning esports industry.
According to Eric Darr, president of Harrisburg University and founder of the Soniqs, the program is already yielding impressive results. One of the Storm students, who competes at a professional level, earned over a million dollars last year alone.
But the benefits of introducing esports to Harrisburg extend far beyond individual success stories. As Darr notes, the economic impact has been significant. Investors from all across North America are flocking to Harrisburg, bringing their tools, technologies, and expertise with them.
For Darr, the benefits are clear: “Economic growth, financial gain, and employment opportunities in Central Pennsylvania, particularly in Harrisburg.”
Harrisburg University students can register to use the LAN Center, and local gamers can rent the space for a fee. You can find this exciting facility at 19 S. Third Street in Harrisburg.