John Jay Launches Esports Opportunities For Students From Harlem To The Hudson

The John Jay College Athletics & Recreation Department will launch its first-ever Esports program for the college community this upcoming Spring 2021 semester.

The word “Esports” describes the world of competitive, organized video gaming.

As part of the college’s recreational offerings, Esports competitors will face off with other college students in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC).

“We are thrilled to offer Esports competitions to our over 15,000 students, faculty, and staff this spring,” stated Cat Alves, Deputy Director of Athletics, Recreation, and Intramurals. “It is more important than ever to find ways to connect with our college community while studying and working from home. Esports is an emerging industry where all types of people, of all different backgrounds, can compete, converse, and build relationships, even virtually.”

John Jay will offer competitions in ten titles for an eight-week regular season, followed by a playoff tournament. Participants can compete using their own equipment at home and connect with each other through Discord.

To join the John Jay Esports Discord server, click here:

To join the ECAC Discord server, click here:

“This is our first step in our journey to develop Esports opportunities at John Jay,” noted Alves. “We are appreciative to make our home at the ECAC, whose growth in the Esports sphere has been impressive and always professional. Our membership allows us to offer an expansive range of titles to an unlimited amount of students.”

Registration will be open through January 31, 2021.

Registration is a two-step process:

For title and schedule information, visit our Esports site at Tell us about your interest in Esports by completing our survey here.

An international leader in educating for justice, John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York is a Hispanic Serving Institution and Minority Serving Institution offering a rich liberal arts and professional studies curriculum to 15,000 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 135 nations.

John Jay is home to faculty and research centers at the forefront of advancing criminal and social justice reform. In teaching, scholarship and research, the College engages the theme of justice and explores fundamental human desires for fairness, equality and the rule of law.

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