UBuffalo Esports

A silver UBuffalo spirit mark is lit up by neon blue lights in the LevelUp gaming space in the Lockwood Library.

UB Esports Varsity teams compete in the Esports Collegiate Conference (ESC) which is operated and run by the Mid-American Conference of the NCAA. 

Varsity League

UBuffalo has four varsity squads that compete in the ESC: League of Legends, Valorant, Overwatch 2, and Rocket League. Esports, unlike traditional sports, has a shifting ecosystem. As new games are launched or change in popularity, the ESC may add or subtract games as they see fit. 

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Battle for the Buffalo Invitational

UB's varsity esports team hosted their first LAN competition, where local teams from rival colleges linked up and plugged in to play Valorant, League of Legends, Rocket League, Overwatch, Smash Crews and Smash Singles.

Over 100 participants from six local collegiate crews (University at Buffalo, Buffalo State, Brockport, Villa Maria, Canisius, D’Youville and Daemen) came to duke it out for prizes and bragging rights. Check out the photo highlights above.

Game UBuffalo Esports Status
1st Place
League of Legends 1st place
Rocket League 2nd Place
1st place
Smash Crews 
1st place
Smash Singles
1st place and 3rd Place

Meet the Teams

Our varsity teams are comprised of full-time students (currently all undergraduate students, but graduate students are also allowed to compete). All our students have year-round opportunities to compete but only compete for one semester per year in the ESC. This includes Valorant and Rocket League in the fall and League of Legends and Overwatch 2 in the spring. 

Overwatch League of Legends Valorant Rocket League

About the Game: Overwatch is a game where two groups of six players compete in a tactical action game featuring the classic capture the flag and point control scenarios. Players have the option to select their hero from an extensive roster of characters that each have their unique roles, skills, and abilities. For players to be successful, communication and teamwork are a must, with an understanding of skills and abilities of the catalog of in-game characters, rounded out by fine-tuned skills with a mouse and keyboard. Overwatch was developed and published by Blizzard Entertainment in 2016.        

In the Esports Collegiate Conference (ESC), our varsity teams compete in Overwatch 2 in the spring 

Check out our schedule and standings for spring 2024 below!

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Varsity Team Recruitment

Think you've got what it takes to compete with us on a varsity level? Show us what you can bring to our team during our tryouts! Typically, tryouts for all varsity teams take place in late summer and early fall prior to the season start. 

If you’re interested in trying out for our varsity teams outside of our typical tryout window, please contact us for more information. Mid-semester or off-season tryouts will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Contact Esports


James Basta, Coordinator of Esports

Student Life

University at Buffalo
300 Student Union, North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14261

Phone: 716-645-5358

Interested in sponsoring Buffalo Esports or one of our teams?

Erin Uppington

Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations

910 Kimball Tower, South Campus, Buffalo, NY 14214

Phone: (716) 881-8051; Fax: (716) 829-4736

Email: eupp@buffalo.edu