© 2024 WNIJ and WNIU
Northern Public Radio
801 N 1st St.
DeKalb, IL 60115
Northern Public Radio
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations
WNIJ News and NPR is committed to connecting you with the latest news related to COVID-19 in northern Illinois and across the country. We are taking precautions to keep staff safe while providing you with the resources you need. Thank you for your continued support which allows us to remain your trusted source on the coronavirus pandemic.

NIU eSports Hosting Daily Online Gaming Sessions

Andrew Heiserman

The eSports club at Northern Illinois University is organizing daily game sessions.

The club’s mantra is “anybody can play.” And anyone from competitive players on NIU’s eSports teams to casual gamers are flocking to their favorites while stuck at home can join the eSports Discord.

Discord is a platform where groups of gamers can chat over video, voice or text. 

Conner Vagle is the NIU eSports general manager. He says their two-hour pick-up game sessions have been growing over the past few weeks. Sometimes they have 100+ people online at once.

“That's really what we were hoping to see is that once people came in and had their day, but they kind of want to stick around and talk about some of the other games and that sort of thing," he said.

The games range from card-based classics like Magic: The Gathering to modern action hits like Fortnite and Overwatch. 

Discord is free. and Vagle says NIU eSports is excited to keep building their community and give a platform for people to destress with some friendly competition.

The sessions run daily from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. 

Monday: Card Games like Magic: The Gathering and Hearthstone. 

Tuesday: League of Legends 

Wednesday: Overwatch

Thursday: Rocket League 

Friday: Fortnite 

Saturday & Sunday: Free Play