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Grand Valley State University Adds Esports Center

Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Mich., recently debuted the newest addition to its campus, the Laker Esports Center. The center features Extron technology and features 25 gaming stations, a coaching station, and two wall-mounted displays, according to a news release. The stations are arranged in pods allowing individual or team play, and multiple pods can participate in group play at the same time.

An AV switching system allows coaches and spectators to watch and hear the game itself, as well as player communication via headphones with integrated microphones. Two 75” displays—one in the center of the room and one in the adjoining dining hall—can show any combination of gameplay, player stats, commentary, or background data, the news release reports.

“After attending Extron webinars and studying their Esports Design Guide and other reference materials, I felt confident that we could design our esports center in house,” said John F. Klein, GVSU’s Associate Director and Program Manager of Information Technology. “With a little help from Extron engineers, we did.”

The news release reports that the school’s IT team designed the system with “an Extron DTP CrossPoint 4K seamless presentation matrix switcher, a ShareLink Pro wireless collaboration gateway, an SMP 351 streaming media processor, and pendent speakers.” The main display uses an MGP 641 multi-window processor to allow up to four windows at a time. DTP HD 330 distribution amplifiers send video signals to displays in the dining hall, while TouchLink Pro panels allow control from various points in the Center.

“We standardized on Extron because they’re built well, have the features we want, and they last,” said Klein.

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