St. Clair College Esports

Windsor, ON

St. Clair College was the first post-secondary institutions in Canada to introduce esports as a varsity team, St. Clair Saints Gaming, and offer an Esports academic program in 2016.

Its Esports Administration and Entrepreneurship program prepares students to work in the exciting and interactive business of Esports, learning skills and developing comprehensive knowledge of organized, multiplayer video game competitions.

Based on a system designed by Engineering Harmonics, St. Clair College awarded Applied Electronics in 2021 the project to supply, integrate and build out a brand new Esports arena equipped with broadcast capabilities within its newly renovated Don France Student Commons (DFSC) building on its South Campus in Windsor, Ontario.

Applied Electronics Constructs Canada’s First Esports Arena with a Broadcast Facility for St. Clair College.

The project also included integrating Audio Visual and collaboration technologies into two floors of classrooms for the Zekelman Schools of Business and Information Technology, and across it expanded Student Centre.

The state-of-the-art 15,000 sq. ft. Nexus Esports arena and broadcast facility is the largest publicly accessible facility of its kind and sets the bar for varsity Esports in North America.

It is the basecamp for the St. Clair Saints Gaming team, which has won two National Esports Organization Awards, and students in the two-year Esports diploma program.

Largest publicly accessible varsity Esports facility.

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Nexus Esports Arena

Applied Electronics equipped the Nexus Esports Arena with two massive ultra-thin bezel video wall displays, PTZ cameras, daylight LED studio flood lighting, microphones, loudspeaker and surround sound audio systems, teleprompters, communication mic packs, Oculus Quest2 VR headsets and VR gaming stations.

Broadcast studio equipment is also included for creating content for Twitch and YouTube broadcasting, with digital signage is installed throughout the building, and a Crestron control system with touchpanels to control the integrated systems.

Preparing students for the interactive business of Esports

The Nexus Esports Arena boasts dedicated Varsity Team training facilities A.K.A “The Nest”, an Open Gaming Lab with 48 gaming lounges equipped with 64 Gaming consoles for drop-in and play, eight PlayStation, Xbox, and Nintendo Switch pods, three Virtual Reality studios connected directly to the broadcast studio, a 6-vs-6 gaming competition stage, a Shoutcaster announcer booth, and an Esports Broadcast Lab classroom featuring a broadcast studio with five separate soundproof streaming breakout rooms, a central control room and equipment rack room.

Applied Electronics also outfitted a number of additional educational & collaboration spaces throughout the DFSC building, including three meeting rooms, three collaborative classrooms, four 40- and 50-seat classrooms, a multi-purpose computer lab, a large divisible lecture hall that can be partitioned into four classrooms, digital signage, all controlled by a Crestron control system with touchpanels. 

St. Clair College maintains a Support & Service Maintenance Agreement with Applied Electronics to ensure the ongoing functionality of the facility.

The Nexus Esports Arena and the newly renovated Don France Student Commons building was unveiled in a grand opening ceremony on October 1, 2022.

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