The OU department of Esports & Co-Curricular Innovation has been in development since 2016 and launched in Fall 2020. It is the development center for the largest gaming community at OU, academic curriculum development, research initiatives, and everything needed within esports for a path to industry approach.



Indie Houses and the Future of Indie Games

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Indie games are awesome. Watching a creator or small team make something totally unique usually results in an amazing game. But do you know what is even better? When independent developers and publishers come together to showcase these  incredible games and raise money for worthy causes. In the past few years,…

UPDATED: A Day Off Twitch, Twitch Files Against Raiders

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On September 1st, Streamers took a stand against Twitch, the popular streaming platform, as they grappled with hate raids. Twitch Streamer SwiftIke plays Mario64 Hate raids occur when people create accounts en masse, and then use these accounts to spout hateful things at creators, specifically minority and LGBT creators. They…


Fourth Annual Esports Bedlam Brings Students Together and Raises Money for Extra Life

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Students competed online and in-person to see which school will come out on top in this latest iteration of a classic rivalry.The University of Oklahoma competed against Oklahoma State University in the fourth annual Bedlam Esports series, a weekend filled with games and competition while raising money for Extra Life.…

Longhorn Gaming beats OU Esports 4-3 at Third Annual Red River Rivalry

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The event was the third annual collaboration between Longhorn Gaming, a registered student organization at The University of Texas at Austin and The University of Oklahoma Esports & Co-Curricular Innovation department. This year was especially riveting because students did jobs related to their future degree fields to put on this…


Why You MUST Pay Attention to Esports

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If the past month has told us anything about sports, storylines are what pays the bills and what gets people in the seats. Every sport with at least a modicum of a following recognizes that storylines generate passion — for college, this statement can be magnified tenfold. If you follow…

Video Game Auteurs

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The world of video gaming is populated by huge corporations with massive teams working to make games every year. But some developers stand out among them, the ones who make their own personal vision come to life — the video game auteurs. You may have heard the word “auteur” to…


So You Want to Play With Culture?

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Back in 2017, as a former mariachi violinist living near the US-Mexico border, I was shocked to see Mario playing guitar while wearing Mexican outfits. At first, I thought that someone like me who was living in the middle of these two countries could use the game to reconnect with…

Student Spotlight: Josh “Coach Thumper” Riesenberg

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talks about gaming, his history with the club, and the next chapter of OU Esports into its new era. Josh joined the OU esports club to help out a friend, but it soon became much more than that. Soon after, Josh became Coach Thumper, head of the Overwatch team. He…


Let’s Brawl: Nickelodeon All-Stars Review

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Nickelodeon All Stars Brawl, the latest fighting game from Ludosity, can be summed up with one strong word: exciting. The game takes what you know and love about the fighting game formula and puts its own unique twist on the genre with unique and interesting mechanics and movement options, and…

Cute, Budget Gamer Girl Gear You Need Right Now!

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RAZER has come out with some super cute, gamer girl accessories in the last couple years, but they can be super expensive. As a college student, finding cute gear on a budget can be difficult, but don’t worry, we got you!  Here are some cute, budget-friendly options that will still…


Garden Story, and How Games Impact Charity

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When any sort of art form is created, including video games, a purpose is always behind it. Most players may see that purpose to be purely that of providing entertainment, and in some cases, that may be true. Some video games were created as a form of escape, as a…

OKC PAL Rocket League Tournament Fundraiser

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This is a follow-up article to the PAL article. If you would like to know more about PAL and how it got started, click here.    On March 27, OKC PAL hosted its first-ever esports fundraiser, a Rocket League tournament featuring professional teams. Not only was the exciting tournament hosted…




Sooner Esports represents a research and practicum initiative from our parent organization, OU Esports & Co-Curricular Innovation + OU Gaming Club. Many things are being developed at OU in the context of the industry of esports and gaming. We’re excited about these opportunities and hopefully, we can keep your attention as we unfold all of our broad and narrow initiatives coming out of this organization on our journey to further formalization at OU and in our state. You can learn more HERE.