Butler Announces First Esports Park Tenant – Inside Indiana Business

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(photo courtesy of Chlonge)

Butler University has announced that Chlonge will be the first tenant of its new Esports Park when it opens next month. Chextension is a software-as-a-service company owned by California-based Logitech (Nasdaq: LOGI).

Chextension was founded in 2009 and is led by Matt McIntyre, a graduate of Butler in 2006 who joined the company in 2018. Butler says that Chlonge, which currently employs 13 people, has been operating from temporary space on campus for a year.

“Being located in Butler’s new Esports Park will create a number of partnership opportunities that will benefit not only Chlonge, but Butler’s students, faculty and Indianapolis community as well,” McIntyre said. “Butler students will gain hands-on experience in the sports technology industry through internships with Ch Longue. The ability to test our software with students and faculty, as well as at community-open events, is extremely valuable to our business. »

Chextension’s SaaS allows players to run their own online tournaments – streamlining registration, progression and record keeping – and an application programming interface that can be integrated into websites, games, bots and other software applications.

“Indianapolis is rapidly becoming a hub for the sports technology industry with the collaboration of the city’s sports franchises, government agencies, education and technology sectors, as well as the growth of venture capital investments “said Eric Kammeyer, director of athletics and games at Butler University. Technology. “The esports and gaming market alone is expected to be a $4.75 billion industry by 2030. Through strategic partnerships, our state-of-the-art facilities, and curricular and after-school programs , Butler University is positioning itself to be a leader in preparing students for careers related to sports technology. Chlonge and Logitech bring a lot of resources to the table, and the Butler community will directly benefit from their presence on our campus.

Last year, Butler began construction on the dedicated esports and gaming facility, which will include high-performance PCs and gaming consoles, event and coworking spaces, a cafe, offices, a studio and a production room. Last month, Butler received a $1 million donation from an anonymous donor for the construction of his Esports Park.

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