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 Esports Collegiate Conference (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 drop 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. 

League of Legends Valorant Rocket League

About the Game: A team of 5 players assumes a champion character's roles with unique abilities that vary around the selected class type. Two teams battle against another team's selected champions to destroy the opposing team's Nexus. For players to be successful, communication and teamwork are a must, combined with research and understanding of over 150 in-game champions to play. League of Legends was developed and published by Riot games in 2009.

In the Esports Collegiate Conference (ESC), our varsity teams compete in League of Legends in the spring.

Check out our standings for spring 2024 below! More information about our spring 2025 season will be available in January 2025.

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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