LevelUp in UB’s newest public computing site

Students play on gaming PCs in LevelUp's Esports arena.

LevelUp's Esports arena is open to all UB students. Photograph by Douglas Levere.

Published March 10, 2022

UB's newest, state-of-the-art computing site is open now! Students can game (and get stuff done) at LevelUp in Lockwood.

The gaming spaces are open as of March 14, with limited weekday hours, for students to preview the space and test the games.

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LevelUp is also UB’s most advanced public computing site ever, with everything UB students need to level up their academics:

  • An abundance of Windows and Mac computers with Microsoft365 and other software
  • UB Print Anywhere kiosks
  • Lockers for securely storing belongings
  • Lots of seating
  • Adequate power for charging personal devices

...and play hard, too

The pièce de resistance is the fully equipped Esports arena, with 52 dedicated gaming PCs pre-loaded with an impressive library of games for students to use.

Or, reserve a gaming console pod and game with friends on one of the latest consoles (Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X). From Mario Kart to Madden, you’ll find dozens of games for single-player and co-op fun (and, if you don’t find what you’re looking for, you can suggest a game to add to the library).

Why gaming?

Why are the gaming spaces in LevelUp a worthwhile addition to a UB public computing site?

“LevelUp reflects our commitment to providing transformative educational experiences beyond the classroom,” UB President Satish Tripathi said at a ribbon-cutting event for the new space, “[experiences] that are both relevant to students and foster a sense of belonging in their communities.”

“Technology has the incredible power to bring people together,” added Brice Bible, UB Vice President and Chief Information Officer. “We have all experienced that over the past few years. This exciting technology-centric space is the next frontier for our students to work and play as they pursue their education at UB.”

UB Student Association President Nicholas Singh was also on hand for the ribbon-cutting. “In life, the only constant is change,” Nicholas said. “I am proud that UB recognizes this and works towards providing avenues such as LevelUp for students to be part of that change.”

Need help?

You can contact the UBIT Help Center any time you need help with UB technology, online at buffalo.edu/ubit/help or by phone at 716-645-3542.