WPU’s Esports Teams Kick Off Spring Semester

Feb 7, 2024

Expectations are as high as spirits on William Peace University’s three esports teams, which kicked off practices last week.

This semester, there will be two teams competing in the National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE): Overwatch 2 and Rocket League. A third team, the Super Smash Bros., will compete in local weekly tournaments at and around NC State’s campus.

Students this season are striving to reach higher ranks and form cohesive team chemistry, said Coleman Arehart, the head Esports coach at WPU.

Coleman has implemented a team therapy program as well as encouraging teams to go on outings outside of scheduled practices and tournaments to further develop team bonds.

“A major thing I’m doing to improve the program for students this semester is using the team therapy that we had with the Rocket League team last semester,” Coleman said. “We kind of tested things out, and we’re trying to bring that to more teams this semester.”

This is the university’s third season with NACE, the largest member association of collegiate varsity esports programs in the U.S. By joining NACE, WPU can compete against other schools across the nation.

WPU launched Esports teams in the fall of 2021. That same fall, the university added the Esports and Gaming Administration major and an Esports Lab on campus.

The first teams were Rocket League, Valorant, and Super Smash Bros: Ultimate. During that first semester of NACE, every team made it to the playoffs, with both the Valorant and SSBU teams finishing second in their divisions. Interest in WPU esports has grown from around 10 students that first season to more than 100 students today participating either as players or fans.

Still, there is room to grow, Coleman said.

One of the biggest steps is streaming matches on the WPU Esports Twitch channel.

“My biggest goal for Esports this semester is to have all of our NACE matches streamed, so we can have them documented and also kind of build up a routine so that students and faculty and everyone else can watch and keep up with what we’ve got going on,” Coleman said.

The first match was on Feb. 5, with the WPU Rocket League team playing Ashland University. The following day, Feb. 6, the WPU Overwatch team played University of Missouri – Kansas City.

You can watch all of the Esports matches on https://www.twitch.tv/WPUEsports.

Give Courageously to Peace

Thanks to the generosity of William Peace University supporters, current and future WPU students have access to the resources needed to learn through immersive experiences, build upon their courage and develop the confidence needed to turn passion into purpose.
Roses float in the campus fountain after an alumni event.
a student uses a laptop on a green bench at William Peace University

Give Now

Support future Pacer success. 


Become a Corporate Partner

Find out how your organization can collaborate with Peace.


Whether you’re hoping to attend WPU or hosting an event, you’re welcome to visit WPU! 

Wedding at WPU
Phantom in downtown Raleigh

Conferences and Events

Host your conference, event, or wedding at WPU.

Location and Directions

Get directions, our address, a campus map, and hotel discount information.


Learn about WPU and all it has to offer so you can guide your students to the best fit for their next step. 

Admissions Info

Meet and connect with our Admissions team.

Schedule a Visit

Learn about our processes and schedule a visit.


Our success as an institution has always been rooted in the strength of our community. As an integral part of that community, we invite alumni to stay informed and connected. 

Alumni outside at WPU
Roses float in the campus fountain after an alumni event.
Building at WPU

Get Involved

Stay connected to Peace.


Contribute to the success of future Pacers.

General Info

Read about alumni benefits.


Families are an integral part of a student’s path to WPU. Find answers to your questions here. 

Two WPU students work together on a project during class

Student Success: Why Choose WPU?

Learn about the value of an education at WPU.

Billing and Due Dates

Questions about your student’s enrollment or billing? Start here.

Current Students

Already a Pacer? Here’s your quick path to information, links, and other useful stuff.

Group of students talking
Students high-fiving each other

Current Students

Missing something? Can’t find a link? Start here.

Current Parents and Families

Is your student a Pacer? Here’s where to get information and contacts.

Future Students

Welcome to William Peace University! We offer programs for both traditional undergraduate students and online/hybrid classes through our School of Professional Studies. Find your path to WPU here.

Three WPU students walk through a brick archway on campus.
Three students discuss their work during class.
Older gentleman at a computer

First Time in College

Your WPU education will help you build practical skills for your future.

Transfer Students

Transfer up to 90 credit hours from any institution. 

Working Professionals

Enhance your existing career.

A WPU student works on a video game in the new esports and gaming lab on campus.
Woman in army green typing at computer
Two female international students


If you previously attended WPU and are ready to return, start here. 


Learn more about how to apply the GI bill.

International Students

Find out how to attend WPU.


WPU has a long history as one of the city’s oldest universities. Find out more about our institution in the heart of downtown Raleigh. 

2023 Student Showcase
Staff Pumpkin Painting


Through 160 years, William Peace University has evolved to meet the changing needs of the students we serve.


William Peace University is a small, private institution located in downtown Raleigh, NC.

Work at WPU

Join our team and see why William Peace University was voted one of the Triangle’s Best Places to Work!

DEI Staff
Design Rendering of WPU

Contact Us

Contact the University

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Learn about DEI at WPU.

Mission, Vision, and Values

Learn about WPU core tenets. 

Student Life

Whether you want to know more about on-campus events or see our residence halls, get a sense of what life is like as a student at WPU.

WPU Student on bouncy slide
A WPU student sits with his friends while eating at Belk dining hall.
WPU Safety Officer

Clubs, Activities and Events

Discover what’s fun at WPU.

Housing & Dining

When people say that WPU “feels like home,” we think that’s the ultimate compliment.

Safety & Security

The Office of Public Safety is committed to providing a community-friendly approach to enhancing campus safety for students, faculty and staff.

Dining room at Peace
A WPU student sits with his friends while eating at Belk dining hall.
Health and wellness at WPU


Cheer on your Pacers at their next home game.

Student Support Services

Find out how the WPU team supports the whole you.

Health and Wellness

Learn about physical and mental health services available to students.


WPU offers a mix of more than 30 degree programs and additional minors. Our courses are four credit hours each, and every course features immersive learning experiences.

A student in WPU's online School of Professional Studies works on her homework.
2023 Internship Showcase

Immersive Learning

Find out about WPU’s unique approach to learning.

Center for Student Success

Peer tutoring, a first-year success program, and an internship program are just part of why Pacers succeed. 


Start here to find out how to apply, visit, and learn more about WPU.

Before you apply:

Admissions team
students walking on campus
A student reviews scholarship and payment information in the financial aid office.

Connect with an Admission Couneslor

They’ll be your guide through the process.

Visit Campus

Get a feel for campus life.

Understand Costs

Find out about Financial aid and other options to pay for college.