EXETER, N.H. ─ Uptime Academy has partnered with the Rinks at Exeter to create Uptime Academy Exeter. Uptime Academy Exeter is a gaming and education center that will take over the existing space in the Rinks at Exeter facility and bring in all new programming and opportunities for the local community. Activities will range from competitive teams, tournaments and themed nights to educational courses including PC design, animation, engineering, game design and other STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) related offerings.
“Over the past year, our Academy has created an exceptional environment and experience for all youth and student esports athletes by providing quality coaching, programming and access to collegiate/professional-level technology,” said Erika Conklin, Co-Founder & Executive director of Helix Esports Academy. “We are extremely excited to take our esports academy to a new level here in the Seacoast and provide our community with the incredible resources accessible with our new partners at Uptime Academy.”
Uptime Academy Exeter will host Uptime United club teams as a part of the center which opens up opportunities for gamers of all skill levels to be a part of a competitive esports team in either Fortnite, Minecraft, Rocket League or Valorant. Teams will compete in-person with a professional coach overseeing practices and competition days in accordance with a holistic esports curriculum developed with the New England Institute of Technology. Uptime United team members will take part in a 10-week season filled with lessons to improve player skills and match days each Saturday to test those skills against other teams from around the country. New Hampshire high school students can also earn school credit through competing on a team as a part of the New Hampshire Learn Everywhere Program which allows students to participate in hands on learning outside the classroom.
The STEAM related courses in center will provide another level of freedom for youth throughout the community to step outside of themselves and learn more about an interest or dive into something entirely new to them under the watchful eye of certified instructors. The range of programs will continue to expand as time goes on, allowing for even more subjects and topics to be offered to the Seacoast area.
“We at Uptime are so excited to partner with the Rinks at Exeter to bring a fantastic esports and gaming experience to the all new Uptime Academy Exeter,” said Tim Schneider, co-founder of Uptime Academy. “Bringing our programming and club teams to Exeter allows us to provide the local community with a number of great options for gamers and those interested in technology in a well known space within the area.”
On top of club teams and STEAM courses, the center will host a myriad of events. Gaming birthday parties with tournaments and gameplay on our state of the art computers are available for scheduling. Tournaments in many of the latest games will be offered and as always, the center will be open to any and all that want to come in and game with their friends with our most updated hours of operation posted on uptimeesports.gg/exeter-nh.