Saint Joseph's to Add Esports as Club Program

Saint Joseph's to Add Esports as Club Program

STANDISH, Maine - Saint Joseph's College has announced that esports will be added as a club program starting in the fall of 2019.

The new club program figures to attract competitive PC gamers who will compete in games like Hearthstone, League of Legends, Overwatch, Fortnite, Apex Legends, FIFA, Madden, NBA2K and more, as well as competitive console gamers on PlayStation and Xbox, platforms for which games will vary based on student interest.

The program will be based out of the newly configured Monks Esports Lounge, which is a dedicated 24/7 space for the team and an aspect of the broader Heffernan Lounge remodel that allows for expanded space for the departments of Student Engagement & Residential Living.

The Monks Esports Lounge is outfitted with six PC's - spec'd out with the latest in the competitive gaming market – gaming chairs and tables, and PlayStation and Xbox stations with dedicated televisions and seating.

Saint Joseph's College esports aims to compete in the National Association of Collegiate esports as well as other game-specific leagues, which will be determined in the fall based on student interest.

For more information, please contact Director of Student Engagement Matt Gawel (




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Founded in 1912 by the Sisters of Mercy in Portland, Maine, Saint Joseph’s College is Maine’s Catholic liberal arts college in the Mercy tradition. We are inclusive of all faiths, including no faith. The 474-acre campus, located on the shore of Sebago Lake in Standish, Maine offers more than 40 undergraduate programs and a Division III athletic program to a population of approximately 1,000 on-campus students. A pioneer of distance education since the 1970s, the College also provides online certificates and undergraduate and graduate degrees for thousands more working adults who reside in more than 20 other countries. In 2015 the College was selected by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching to receive its Community Engagement Classification, highlighting the College’s focus on community service throughout its mission and daily interactions within local, regional, and global communities. In 2018, Princeton Review recognized SJC as one of its “Green Colleges” for its sustainability initiatives. Learn more at