Esports: Power Five Colleges: Part 1
Indiana University of Bloomington, Michigan State University, Ohio State University, Pennsylvania State University, and Rutgers University all have esports programs. The required information has been entered in the attached presentation.
INDIANA UNIVERSITY OF BLOOMINGTON
MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY
OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY
PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY
We were unable to find information on the number of each schools' club level teams. To find this information, we first searched through each school esports website. While we were able to find the year the programs were established and the number of varsity teams for some schools, information specific to the number of club level teams was not available.
Our next approach was to search through college organizational and competition websites. We hoped that these websites had information on club level teams from these universities. We searched college-wide athletic pages and esports college websites such as Tespa, the Collegiate Star League, and AVGL. While we were able to find the number of players and varsity teams, the number of club level teams was not available.
We broadened the search and conducted an extensive search on social media esports pages of these schools. We searched through sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Twitch, and Discord. We hoped to find any information that could help us determine the number of club level teams of these universities. This strategy was not successful because we were not able to find any useful information regarding the number of club level teams, the majority of articles and posts we found were about general esports events.
As a last resort, we attempted to triangulate this data. We tried to find information on club level competitions from news publications and esports club competition websites. We hoped to find the number of club level teams from these competitions. This strategy was not successful because we were only able to find information on teams that won these competitions.