About Grand View Esports

Esport PlayersGrand View University Esports became a sanctioned program and sport in August 2017. Grand View was the first higher education institute in Iowa to introduce a varsity program as well as the offering of esports scholarships.

Grand View’s program continues to exponentially grow in players and titles offered! We compete in League of Legends, Overwatch, Rocket League, Fortnite, Valorant and Super Smash. In addition, we field Junior Varsity teams where roster sizes demand.

Over 4 years we have had two graduates and several in the 2021 graduation class who  have been with us our full four years of establishment.

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Year Players
2017 10
2018 26
2019 35
2020 46

Where Do We Compete?

Yes, we have REAL seasons just like other sports. To give you a correlation, we can be compared to traditional sports in that the Fall semester can be viewed as our “developmental period” or what spring sports call “fall ball” prior to Varsity Seasons that happen in the Spring Semester. The fall is about tryouts, team organization and cohesiveness, various leagues and scrimmages and live tournaments whenever possible to compete and prepare.

More Than Video Games

Team HuddleIf you think Esports is only about playing video games, you are in for a surprise! Our team takes pride not only in game success, but ACADEMICS. We conduct team study tables, team workouts, and focus on giving back to our campus and community. GV Esports hosts after-school groups in the Des Moines area where our team serves as mentors and have established a volunteer coaching program with the E.T. Meredith Jr. Club of Boys and Girls Club of Iowa. In addition, we offer summer and holiday camps for students to visit our campus and learn from our talented players and staff.

We have a variety of player ranks. We focus on recruiting talented individuals who desire to work hard and maximize their skills. If you are interested in joining our Grand View Esports team, please visit our recruiting page and complete our Recruiting Form.

Follow Us on Social Media

Twitter- @GVUEsports
Facebook- @GVUEsports
Instagram- @gvu_esports
Twitch- www.twitch.tv/gvuesports

What games are offered? What ranks or requirements are there to be considered?

League of Legends

  • Varsity and academy teams (Masters+, GM+ preferred)
  • JV (Platinum - Diamond 1)

Overwatch

  • PC only (Diamond+)

Rocket League

  • All Platforms
  • Varsity (GC)
  • JV (Diamond+ preferred, Gold+ minimum)

Valorant

  • PC only
  • Varsity (Diamond+)
  • JV (Silver - Platinum)

Fortnite

  • Case by case basis

Super Smash Ultimate

  • Open participation of events. Fill out our recruitment form if you have a competitive winning history.
How can I join?

Fill out our recruitment form so we can get to know you and your participation interests.

Open tryouts are held in the first 2 weeks of the fall semester for all campus communities. Spring tryouts are on a case-by-case basis.Transfer students are welcome at spring semester when applicable. Complete a recruitment form and email esports @ grandview.edu if interest in joining mid-year.

What scholarships are available?

Grand View awards scholarships to Esports players on a case-by-case basis. Esports Scholarship amounts are based on the level of team you are participating (varsity, jv, other ares of esports). Esports scholarships are in addition to academic and institutional aid.

Scholarships range from $2,000 to $28,000 per year and added upon acceptance.

All players will receive academic aid based on established criteria shown here.

Scholarships are currently not awarded to leisure/club players.

We also offer scholarships for student assistant coaches, team analysts, production, content creation, social media and more! Do not hesitate to share your interest as we want to include and crate a well-rounded program for all!

Graduate assistant programs are currently in development and will be announced in Spring 2021.

What are the benefits of participating in Grand View Esports?
  • HyperX Official Gaming Peripherals Sponsor of Grand View Esports
  • 1,800 sq. ft. exclusive Esports only gaming facility
  • 36 OMEN by HP gaming stations
  • Custom Esports desks and chairs
  • Coaching, analysis and review of gameplay
  • LAN participation and travel
  • National competition, seasons and leagues
  • Community of passionate gamers