Announced in December 2018, Mizzou Esports began participating in esports as an officially sanctioned, varsity activity for undergraduate and graduate students in August of 2019. Rosters are selected from current students who have full-time status at the University of Missouri. Mizzou Esports is a program within the Division of Student Affairs and is not part of Mizzou Athletics nor currently organized or regulated by the NCAA or NAIA. Mizzou Esports is a member of the National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE).


  • Top Collegiate Program: Our scholarship players compete in Overwatch and Rocket League.
  • NACE Champions: Rocket League (2019), Overwatch Spring Cup (2020)
  • Intercollegiate competition: Teams compete in intercollegiate play as part of the National Association of Collegiate Esports and will compete in regular season competition against member schools and selected tournaments from Collegiate League of Legends (cLoL) and other organizations.
  • Innovators: Mizzou Esports was the 1st SEC school to commit to a varsity esports program on campus. (NACE Directory)
  • Five Game Rosters: Overwatch, Rocket League, League of Legends, Valorant and Smash Bros Ultimate.
  • Scholarship Athletes: There are currently 21 student athletes receiving some form of scholarship to compete for the Mizzou Esports program. The total valuation of our scholarship packages in 2023-2024 is almost $100,000.
  • Training Facility: Mizzou Esports practices and competes in the 5,000-square-foot Training Facility, located in the southwest corner of campus in Center Hall. The facility is home to a 2,200 square-foot LAN Center and studio. This LAN Center provides any gamer on campus with a safe and comfortable place to play games, meet other students with similar interests, study in a unique environment, find hands-on learning opportunities within the Mizzou Esports program and unwind in an area that few college campuses have ever seen. The studio is used to produce high-quality collegiate esports content.
  • Beyond Gaming: In addition to competition, Mizzou Esports will create academic partnerships and public gaming areas to benefit the Mizzou community and provide hands-on learning opportunities in one of the fastest growing fields.

In the News

Missouri and Kansas have found a new place to duel: esports

Published by The Maneater Nov. 19, 2023

The teams faced each other three times throughout October, with the Tigers winning two of the matchups.

MizzouRec partners with Esports team to create new public gaming lounge

Published by The Maneater Sept. 8, 2023

Mizzou Esports is partnering with MizzouRec to create a public gaming lounge that will be open between the hours of 4-10 p.m. on weekdays, and noon to 6 p.m. on weekends. Funding for this new lounge has largely come from a private donor.

The Mizzou Gaming Lounge, a space for competitive and casual gamers alike, opened Thursday at MU’s Center Hall.

Fulfilling a desire to increase student engagement, the University of Missouri on Thursday formally opened its new, 2,200-square-foot gaming lounge inside Center Hall.

Mizzou esports has a place to call home
Published by COMO Magazine Feb. 8, 2023

The gaming lounge and training facility is central to the esports community.