The Esports Center sign, formally known as the Ruth Funk Center.

It wasn’t until two years ago when Esports found its home at Florida Tech. Formally known as the Ruth Funk Center, the facility was transformed into the new and improved Esports center for students to game and compete.

The program is made up of several teams: League of Legends Team, two Rocket League teams, two Valorent Teams, two Super Smash Teams, and an additional Call of Duty Team in the spring. With 43 varsity and junior varsity players gaming competitively and 125 students in the Esports club, the program has grown consistently in its short time at Florida Tech. Dana Hustedt, Florida Tech’s Director of Esports, said she had about 600 students walk through the doors in the first two months

Esports is open to all students, whether they are looking to compete or come in and play games for fun. The program has already had a positive impact on Florida Tech’s campus and students. Hustedt has said she has seen significant progress in her students already and has expressed how far they’ve come since she’s met them.

“It’s really fun to see them the first day they come in the door and see their confidence rise compared to when they leave at the end of the semester because of what we try to implement in our culture,” Hustedt said. 

Open to all students, the Esports center has a lot to offer. Whether students are looking to join a collegiate team or go play Super Smash Bros with some friends on a Friday night, Esports is full of opportunities. The facility is open Monday-Thursday from 1:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m., Friday-Saturday from 1:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m., and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.


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