University of Kentucky Esports Lounge

Lexington, Kentucky

CMTA Technology Solutions, in close partnership with the University of Kentucky’s leadership, was challenged to develop a cutting-edge technology-infused space to cater to today’s evolving Esports industry. Relying heavily on a student-first approach, the team used these expectations to shape a flexible and capable audio and video system, with close coordination with the UK ITS department.

The facility includes a 100-seat Esports theater, two “team rooms” for practice and pre-match warm up, along with a 50-station gaming lounge and three console stations for the latest and greatest console gaming experience. Video can be routed from any input location to any or all display locations, a robust viewing situation that keeps flexibility first and foremost. 

The lounge utilizes state-of-the-art collaboration technology for bringing both local and remote participants together in a very interactive way. Large multi-point touch monitors enable dynamic meetings and lectures that keep both near-end and far-end users engaged.

UK Esports is not only cutting edge when it comes to gaming, streaming and other technologies. it utilizes modern technology to provide security and safety for all users. Security and safety features were incorporated into the design in alignment with the University of Kentucky's campus security standards. This state-of-the-art system includes keyless entry, access control, analytic cameras and warning notification systems.

CMTA’s role as technology interpreter between all parties made this project successful. CMTA expedited, budgeted and executed the vision for the space, transforming it into one of the most robust immersive experiences in Esports in the United States. CMTA continues to stay engaged with the University of Kentucky to fine-tune these systems.