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New Esports Arena Opens At Northern Illinois University

Northern Illinois University opened its new esports arena, located at Altgeld Hall, on March 2nd. The new $50,000 arena is designed with eight different console stations and 30 gaming PCs, all of which guests could use for free. 

“When we first had an esports arena in Neptune North, we were so fortunate to have a space where people could come together and game, but we quickly outgrew it,” said Jeneane East, project manager of the esports program at Northern Illinois University. “We went from 30 to 50 members of the club to over 100.” 

This new room, said East, accommodates this rapid influx of members, being nearly triple the size of the old arena. She also stressed that the esports division would not be hoarding the space.

“The esports arena is open to any student with a OneCard,” she added.

(All information was provided by The Northern Star)

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