Butler University’s Esports Park Gets Its First Tenant

According to Butler University, Challonge will be the first tenant at its new Esports Park when it opens this month. Challonge is a software-as-a-service (SaaS) company founded by Butler alumnus Matt McIntyre in 2009, which currently employs 13 people and has been operating out of a temporary space on campus for the past year. Challonge’s SaaS allows gamers to host their own tournaments online through an application programming interface that can be integrated into websites, games, bots, and other software applications.

“Being located in Butler’s new Esports Park is going to create a number of partnership opportunities that will benefit not only Challonge, but also Butler students, faculty and the Indianapolis community,” said McIntyre. “Butler students will gain real-world experience in the sports technology industry through internships with Challonge. The opportunity to trial our software with students and faculty, as well as through events that are open to the community, is extremely valuable to our company.”

Butler began construction on Esports Park last year, a dedicated esports and gaming facility, which will feature high-performance gaming PCs, consoles, an event and co-working space, a café, office areas, and a studio production room.

In June, an anonymous donor gifted $1 million to the university to aid in construction of Esports Park.

(All information was provided by Inside INdiana Business – Indiana Business News)

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