The University of Waikato is committed to leading the way in esports in New Zealand. With the development of the Esports minor, Esports Arena, University of Waikato Esports Club, High Performance Teams and tournaments and activities (managed by University of Waikato Esports Club), we are providing experiences and career pathways into the rapidly growing esports industry.

Esports minor

Available from A trimester 2022, the Esports minor aims to allow students to weave their passion for video games and innovations found in esports into their chosen career path. Choose papers from one of three recommended pathways, ‘Athletes and Coaching’, ‘Industry, Events and Management’ or ‘Design, Media and Production’. For the people who want to be game changers.

To find out more about the Esports minor go to the subject page found here.

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University of Waikato Esports

Formed in 2019, University of Waikato Esports was established to enhance esports opportunities for students at the University of Waikato. The club is open to students and staff.  Catering to competitive and social players, the Club is based at the Esports Arena on our Hamilton campus.

Games: University of Waikato Esports provides members with access to many esports games including League of Legends, Valorant, Fortnite, Overwatch and Rocket League.


A & B trimester (up to 10 hours per week)FREE!                                                

Join today: Become a University of Waikato Esports member by signing up here. Membership is completely free for all current University of Waikato students, staff and recent alumni (graduated within 2 years). Members get access to the Esports Arena and 10 hours game time per week on the PCs during the trimester.

Tauranga: Join the Tauranga Esports Club.  Register your interest at Clubs Day or email [email protected]

Auckland Armageddon 2020

The University of Waikato had esports stands at both the Tauranga and Auckland Armageddon Expos in 2020. Join our team of volunteers below for the opportunity to help at these types of incredible events.


Esports Coordinator, Tom Featonby: [email protected]



Other related University of Waikato links Inclusion Inc and Computer Science Student Society, plus Annual Global Game Jam

Esports Arena

Waikato is the first New Zealand university to develop a purpose-built esports arena. The facility houses 12 high-tech OMEN gaming computers, a racing simulator and a console area and is used for training, competitions and socialising.

Students, staff and recent alumni can access the Esports Arena by becoming a University of Waikato Esports member. Join at the Esports Arena or online here.

Location: The Station, 164 Hillcrest Road, Hamilton (map)

For opening hours and other info: /WaikatoEsports


Volunteering provides a fantastic opportunity to gain valuable knowledge, meet new people and play a major role in delivering esports at the University of Waikato. We are seeking arena assistant volunteers to help run our esports presence on campus.

To apply: Email Tom Featonby, Esports Coordinator, and let him know why you’d be perfect for the role - [email protected]

High Performance Team

Waikato is seeking athletes for High Performance Esports teams to represent the University of Waikato. If you are a talented esports player, contact the Esports Coordinator to express your interest in competing. We are currently looking for high elo League of Legends and Valorant players, but if you play any other esports at a high level we still want to hear from you

Contact: Email Tom Featonby, Esports Coordinator, - [email protected]

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