QUT launched Australia’s first university esports program in 2017. We are positioned as the leader in the Australian esports industry, providing a pathway from amateur to professional participation in all aspects of esports. Our esports professionals lead an innovative program with community, competition, education, wellbeing and online safety and governance at its core.

Esports arena

Our purpose-built arena is Australia’s first university gaming arena and is located at Level 1, X Block, at our Gardens Point campus. The arena is at the heart of our program and hosts an array of community events, competitions, student development and training initiatives, and research endeavours across the year.

Free arena visit and tour

High schools program

This league provides high school students with esports competition and production experience, as well as online wellbeing and safety skills.

Mentored by our esports professionals in our esports arena and production facilities, students can participate in the competition as players or in esports industry roles officiating, streaming and casting.

Learn about the High School Esports League

QUT Tigers Academy

The QUT Tigers Academy provides students with a consolidated pathway towards becoming a professional esports player. By joining the academy, students are provided with professional performance coaching, fitness and nutrition support, academic support under the Elite Athlete Program, access to our state-of-the-art esports facilities, and opportunities to compete at local, national and international levels.

Semester 1 2022 Tiger Academy applications open Monday 9 August 2021 and will close Friday 26 November 2021.

Join the esports community

QUT operates National and International events which facilitate opportunities for students to undertake immersive volunteering experiences, fulfil internships and placements, and develop first class skills in technology. Regardless of whether you’re looking for a career in esports or another technology related field, QUT’s esports program, arena and studio can take you there.

What you can learn:

  • esports professional practice and induction training
  • esports broadcasting, production methods and techniques
  • sports commentary, event hosting and stream moderation
  • officiating esport practices, processes and risk management
  • coaching and team management skills.

These process and techniques are industry leading and high school students can access parts of these resources through the High School Program.

Tigers Academy

The QUT Tigers Academy provides you with a consolidated pathway towards becoming a professional esports player. By joining the academy, you are provided with professional performance coaching, fitness and nutrition support, academic support under the Elite Athlete Program, access to our state-of-the-art esports facilities, and opportunities to compete at local, national and international levels.

Intervarsity Championship

Each semester, QUT plays host to esports athletes from universities across Australia and New Zealand in the Intervarsity Championships for League of Legends. This high level competition gives you a chance to compete on the national level and strengthens competitive spirit between universities.

Women's Gaming Community

The QUT Esports Women’s Gaming Community is dedicated to creating opportunities for women in competitive gaming. Events run by the Women’s Gaming Community engage with industry and create a safe, social environment for women to participate.

The Women’s League of Legends Tournament launched in 2020 and continues in 2021, expanding to include more schools and universities.

Community challenges

Building a strong student community is a key part of the Esports program at QUT. Everyone has the opportunity to participate in our social competitions, including the Friday Night Lights series, a weekly series of tournaments in popular esports titles. The Community Leaders program was implemented in 2021 to help drive student engagement and input into esports at QUT

QUT High Schools Esports League

This league provides high school students with esports competition and production experience, as well as online wellbeing and safety skills. Mentored by our esports professionals in our arena, students can participate in the competition as players or in esports industry roles officiating, streaming and casting.

Community of Practice

The Esports Community of Practice for community leaders and volunteers. This was implemented in 2021 to help drive student engagement and acquisition of skills for esport event production, officiating and live broadcasting.

Industry connections

Using strong ties to local and international industry, we connect students to opportunities and help them experience esports in the real world. Our program offers real experience in the multidisciplinary roles required in industry.

QUT Esports provides you with the opportunity to volunteer at events, intern with QUT Sport and undertake industry placements with some of Australia’s premier esports companies.

Students are given the opportunity to:

  • coach and lead teams
  • work behind the scenes in production
  • on-camera casting and hosting live streams.

The QUT Esports community leaders program also allows you to assist in running social events and competitions and engages the wider QUT student population with esports.

Social media

Keep up to date on our Facebook, Twitter, Twitch and Discord.

Esports research

QUT is conducting a wide range of research projects focused on aspects of esports, from factors influencing performance and motivation to impacts on wellbeing.

Led by internationally-recognised professors in exercise and nutrition sciences, computer science, psychology, and other faculty networks, we are building on evidence-based knowledge, skill and understanding of all areas in the rapidly evolving esports industry.

Esport athletes in our arena

Esports scholarships

For 2021, QUT is offering ten $5,000 scholarships to aspiring League of Legends players. Scholarship applications are now open and will close 20 November 2020.

By applying for a QUT Esport Scholarship, you will also be considered for membership to the QUT Tigers Academy on the same application.

QUT Esport Scholarship

Intervarsity Championship

QUT hosts the League of Legends Intervarsity Championship – a semester-based esports competition that strengthens production experience and the competitive spirit between universities nationally.

Competitors vie for prizes and showcase their skills at the highest level of esports. Our Semester 2, 2020 competition saw 10 university teams competing to be Intervarsity Champion.

More information on the Intervarsity Championship

Women's competition

Our Women’s League of Legends Tournament launched in 2020 to provide competitive opportunities and experience for women, and foster connections between communities of women gamers.

The tournament is returning in 2021, and is open to university women's teams across Australia and New Zealand.

Become a member of the QUT Esports community with arena membership

Guest membership

Student and staff membership

Guest membership renewal

Student and staff membership renewal

Contact us

If you're interested in partnering with QUT and positioning your brand at the forefront of the Australian esport industry, contact us.

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