UBuffalo Esports teams represent the university in high-level competitive play and provide students with opportunity to build critical thinking and strategy skills.


UBuffalo Esports moved from club to varsity status in 2020 based on its growing popularity with students and the ongoing commitment by the university to support competitive game play. Esports is known for its critical thinking, strategy, comradery and teamwork.

UBuffalo Esports is a member of the Esports Collegiate Conference, competing in highly popular games such as Overwatch, League of Legends and Rocket League.

Not ready for varsity play? SUNY League is available for intermural play. UB students interested in the SUNY league should join the UBuffalo Esports discord to work with the different clubs and to register.

Meet the Teams

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Hamza Butt

Hometown: Buffalo, N.Y.
Major: Computer Science
Player Handle: Squid
What drew you to Esports at the collegiate level? I watched Esports of my favorite games and always loved the environment of an intense match and the crowd going wild, so I wanted to get good and compete at high level.

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Senan Demel

Hometown: Staten Island
Major: Electrical Engineering
Player handle: [Censored]
What drew you to Esports at the collegiate level? The sense of community and the heat of competition, especially at UB, drew me to collegiate Esports.

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Joshua Donner

Hometown: Lancaster, N.Y.
Major: Computer Science; minor in Mathematics
Player handle: Dr. Beefcake
What drew you to esports at the collegiate level? When I joined UB Esports, it didn't have a collegiate level Rocket League team so I helped to create the first UB Rocket League team.

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Yash Kelkar

Hometown: Getzville, N.Y.
Major: Computer Engineering
Player Handle: Tmesis
What drew you to Esports at the collegiate level? I had been playing Rocket League for four years and wanted to compete for my school.

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Thomas Walter

Hometown: East Northport, N.Y.
Major: Psychology
Player Handle: twalt
What drew you to Esports at the collegiate level? I wanted to create a safe and competitive space for players to hone their skills and develop into more than just students.

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Esports Collegiate Conference Schedule

Want to Get Involved?

UBuffalo Esports is an umbrella for on-campus gaming clubs. Students interested in making new friends, honing their skills in a competitive setting, or just finding people to play with are encouraged to participate in a variety of organized activities and events, including game nights, competitive recruitment drives, coaching opportunities and more.

Members who prove their skills can join teams to compete in intercollegiate events. UBuffalo Esports currently houses clubs for games like League of Legends, Dota 2, Counter-Strike (CS: GO), Overwatch, Super Smash Bros., Rocket League, and Rainbow Six Siege, but we are always looking to expand. 

Join UBuffalo Esports

If you would like to find people interested in a game you are passionate about, please join UBuffalo Esports Discord and message a board member.

UBuffalo Staff Contact

Mike Yates, Esports Coordinator

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Sponsorship Opportunities

Interested in sponsoring UBuffalo Esports or one of our teams? To find out how you can get involved, please contact Nick Lane, Associate Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations or call (716) 881-8051.

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