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


Buffalo 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.

Buffalo 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 Buffalo Esports discord to work with the different clubs and to register.

Meet the Teams

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Main Roster

Julia Chekmenyova, Manager

Hometown: Queens, N.Y.
Major: English
Player handle: Juice
What drew you to Esports at the collegiate level? It was an opportunity to make friends at UB with similar interests.
What is your favorite game? Animal Crossing


Urgyen Dhargyal

Hometown: Queens, N.Y.
Major: Mechanical Engineering/ Aerospace Engineering
Player handle: Ozwald#11949
What drew you to Esports at the collegiate level? "Why not?"
What is your favorite game? Everlasting Summer


Ramon Garcia

Hometown: Lockport, N.Y.
Major: Undecided/Exploratory
Player handle: Rayster#11998
What drew you to Esports at the collegiate level? I always like to game and watch esports, especially OWL
What is your favorite game? Overwatch

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Kevin Liu

Hometown: Queens, N.Y.
Major: Electrical Engineering
Player handle: Kaiwen
What drew you to Esports at the collegiate level? I've always loved playing games and competing ever since I was young. Being able to do that and represent my school at the same time is what drew me to compete in collegiate level esports.
What is your favorite game? Slime Ranchers

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Christopher Pena

Hometown: Bronx, N.Y.
Major: Computer Science
Player handle: Alive
What drew you to Esports at the collegiate level? I was bored
What is your favorite game? Genshin Impact

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James VanKallen, Captain

Hometown: Middletown, N.Y.
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Player handle: JCVstealth
What drew you to Esports at the collegiate level? Trying to make friends
What is your favorite game? Overwatch (lol)

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Ray Calascibetta

Hometown: Lake Grove, N.Y.
Major: Computer Science
Player handle: RAYCAL2000
What drew you to Esports at the collegiate level? I began playing esports in high school and always had an amazing time doing it and wanted to continue it again in college. When I found out UB had an Esports club I was eager to join and begin my college career! What is your favorite game? Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War

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Cuong Vu

Hometown: Syracuse, N.Y.
Major: Pharmacy
Player handle: blank!!
What drew you to Esports at the collegiate level? I enjoy competition as well as the friendships made while playing on a team.
What is your favorite game? melee

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Esports Collegiate Conference Schedule

Want to Get Involved?

Buffalo 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. Buffalo 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 Buffalo 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.

Buffalo Esports Staff Contact

Mike Yates, Esports Coordinator

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Sponsorship Opportunities

Interested in sponsoring Buffalo 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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