The vision for the esports program was born in the summer of 2016. With our successful School of Game Development, thriving gaming community, and our location in the heart of San Francisco Academy of Art is the perfect place for esports to thrive and grow. Our ArtU Esports Lounge was opened on September 19, 2016, and the program officially started. Since then, we have refined our esports program to bring the gaming community closer together through hundreds of events, collegiate competitions, and esports education. Our commitment is to be the best collegiate esports program in the world.

Icon for TespaVarsity

Top 12 varsity esports program in North America


Building A Better Gaming Community

We strive to build the strongest esports and game community by hosting many quality events and working closely with and supporting the ArtU gaming community to promote a social and positive experience. Through intramural, intercollegiate, and community esports programs, we empower our students to realize their full potential academically, personally, and professionally while on the path to collegiate success.

Academy of Art University confidently believes that our students bring innovation and creativity to esports and the community. We look forward to showing the world our innovations in the esports and gaming world for many years to come.


Born out of a passion for the game and armed with a competitive spirit, our college players are looking to make their mark on the world.

Our teams play Valorant, League of Legends, and Overwatch. While many students put teams together for Hearthstone and Super Smash Bros., Rocket League and Fortnite.


Students from all areas of study at Academy of Art are given the opportunity to use their career skills in the Esports Studio Classes. Game Development, Communications, Music and Sound Design, Illustration, and many other majors all come together to produce live esports productions and events, both online and in-person.


ArtU Esports invites all viewers, casual and competitive players, to play, watch, and have fun. We strive to create a positive experience for everyone involved.

Our esports lounge is a home for gamers and allows people to play their favorite games while on campus.

We are expanding our community to the public by creating a space where esports enthusiasts in the Bay Area and from around the world can connect.


We hire and train Academy of Art students in paid positions within our program and help them acquire great work experience and industry skills before graduation. Many of our program alumni have found jobs in game development, the esports industry, or adjacent industries. In collaboration with the School of Game Development we host events, panel discussions, and offer networking opportunities for our students.

Academy of Art University Search Search Previous Next Previous Next Next Next Chat Quote Facebook Google Plus Instagram Pinterest Twitter YouTube LinkedIn TikTok WeHeartIt Download App Close