Esports Program


Inspired by the tremendous success of our innovative GameXPloration gallery, where guests explore the intersection between play and learning, the Saint Louis Science Center is excited to launch our newest experience where we explore the world of Esports. Join us on this journey as we explore educational, career, and play opportunities in the esports industry.


Safety Protocols for Esports Open Play and Competitions


  • Limited occupancy in competition space
  • Guests who are not fully vaccinated must wear masks, as per Science Center policy.
  • Participants are encouraged to bring their own controllers to prevent spread of germs. Controllers are provided by Science Center as needed, but will be disinfected between use.
  • A designated food and beverage area will be established.
  • Chairs for guests will be physically distanced and disinfected between use.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available for guests inside the competition space.
For our full list of policies and guidelines for coming to the Science Center, please view how to Explore Safe.

Policies and Guidelines

Upcoming Events

Fri. Feb 4
Sat. Feb 5
Sun. Feb 6
Sat. Feb 12
Sat. Feb 19
Sun. Feb 20
Mon. Feb 21
Sun. Feb 27
Fri. Mar 4
Sat. Mar 5
Sun. Mar 6
Sat. Mar 12
Sun. Mar 13
Fri. Apr 1
Fri. May 6
Fri. Jun 3

Friday, February 04

Esports: Super Smash Bros Tournament (FREE)
5:30 pm

Saturday, February 05

Esports XP Session
11:30 am

Sunday, February 06

Esports: Enrichment Program
11:00 am

Saturday, February 12

Esports: Laclede’s LAN Party
8:30 am

Saturday, February 19

Esports: Show Me Showdown Series Featuring League of Legends – Round Robin
10:00 am

Sunday, February 20

Esports: Show Me Showdown Series Featuring League of Legends – Finals
11:00 am

Monday, February 21

Esports: Virtual Show Me Showdown Series Featuring Fortnite
10:00 am

Sunday, February 27

Esports: Show Me Showdown Series featuring Rocket League
11:30 am

Friday, March 04

Esports: Super Smash Bros Tournament (FREE)
5:30 pm

Saturday, March 05

Esports XP Session
11:30 am

Sunday, March 06

Esports XP Session
11:30 am

Saturday, March 12

Esports XP Session
11:30 am

Sunday, March 13

Esports XP Session
11:30 am

Friday, April 01

Esports: Super Smash Bros Tournament (FREE)
5:30 pm

Friday, May 06

Esports: Super Smash Bros Tournament (FREE)
5:30 pm

Friday, June 03

Esports: Super Smash Bros Tournament (FREE)
5:30 pm

Esports: Minecraft Build Challenge!

Through a partnership with Blues Gaming, Minnesota Wild, the Gateway Region YMCA, Science Museum of Minnesota, UGC and the Saint Louis Science Center, we bring you the first annual Minecraft Build Challenge!

Finalists will be notified soon! Check back for more information.

Gateway Legends Panel Discussions

Watch some of the panel discussions that look at high school and collegiate opportunities for esports.

Become a Star!

Are you a local student interested in a career in esports or gaming? The Saint Louis Science Center is calling all students interested in trying out shoutcasting, content creation and media production. For ages 13+

Join us for open play and competition events on select days throughout the spring and summer. Call the gameplay and show off your gaming skills. Develop confidence and create amazing experiences for other gamers.

Contact us at the form below for more information and to get registered!

Interested in being a founding sponsor of the Science Center’s esports program?
Contact for more information.

The Home of SLUH Esports

SLUH has partnered with the Saint Louis Science Center! SLUH players practice and compete three times per week after school in one of the region’s premier gaming facilities.

Learn more about SLUH's esports program

Games include Fortnite™, Super Smash Bros™, Rocket League™, Madden NFL™, Valorant™, Mario Kart™, NBA 2K™ and Just Dance™.

  • Attendees include top St. Louis gamers, esports programs from local high schools and colleges, along with other partners
  • Experience career exploration and STEAM educational opportunities
  • See what it takes and best practices to put on a live Esports event
  • Follow us on Twitch (@STLScienceCenter) to view the live streamed competitions
  • These daily productions will be programmed and produced by our Community Science department, and specifically our Youth Exploring Science team members.
  • Participants must be 7 years and older, and those under 18 will need permission from a guardian

Projected as a $1 billion dollar industry in 2020, esports is one of the fastest growing sports industries. Spots will fill up fast! Be sure to register today.

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What are esports?

Esports are a form of competition using video games. Over the past few years, the esports industry has grown tremendously, selling out arenas, generating millions of views on streaming networks and offering players from all backgrounds an opportunity to succeed on a professional level. In addition, top universities are recruiting gamers for esports programs at the collegiate level.

Why esports?

The Science Center recognizes the benefits that esports offer kids, including social growth, cognitive improvement, problem solving and critical thinking, and enhanced motor skills. Esports bring together a variety of diverse players from all backgrounds and ages, offering a level playing field where skill is not directly correlated with age. The esports field utilizes many 21st-century skills, offering a unique ability to connect multiple disciplines across STEAM career fields from computer science and game design to engineering and healthcare.

Upcoming Educational Offerings in 2021

Did you know many of the world’s leading professionals in science and technology trace their interest and aptitude for their fields back to gaming? Our unique experience provides kids of all ages with the chance to explore STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) through the video games they love.

Program Information

STEAM Topics

Our program will focus on the following topics:

  • Health & Wellness
  • Technology
  • Art & Music
  • Interactive Media


Path to a Profession

Participants are provided with two potential paths in the esports industry. The first allows participants the opportunity to grow their gaming skills by connecting them with esports coaches and by providing competition settings to test their skills. This path also aims to connect top local gamers with collegiate level coaches.

The second allows participants to explore potential career opportunities in the esports industry by connecting them with STEAM industry professionals. This path allows participants to identify careers they find interesting and explore the skill sets needed to successfully obtain these positions.

Both paths are available through unique onsite and online structures in collaboration with our program partners. Additionally, both paths provide participants with the ability to make connections both locally and nationally in the esports industry.

Program Information

Virtual Camps: In partnership with national esports organizations, participants can engage coaches and esports professionally virtually through secure online platforms. These experiences can range in timeframe. Please contact us through the form below for more information.

Community Programs: Our custom community programs provide both schools and community organizations with a structured learning environment. These programs combine play and learning to dive into the specific STEAM connections in esports. Programs can be catered to the organization. Please contact us through the form below for more information.

Rent Our Esports Arena!

Our esports arena can be all yours during a private session! Bring your group out to enjoy the luxuries of high end gaming. We have everything you need, including experienced staff to make your event memorable. Customize the event to include a tournament or just game casually with your party. This experience is perfect for groups looking for team building opportunities or groups looking to celebrate a special occasion. All ages are welcome and encouraged to participate in our program. Our experienced staff can also discuss the technologies, software, and processes found in the gaming and esports industries!


  • Cost: 1st hour – $200, 2nd hour – $150, 3rd hour – $100, each hour after $50.
  • Streaming capability: $50 flat rate
  • People: Up to 30 people (Not all games are available for all 30 people)
  • Equipment: 14 Gaming PCs, 6 Xbox Consoles, 4 Nintendo Switch Consoles, Shoutcasting Setup
  • Games: Super Smash Bros., Mario Kart, Just Dance, Fortnite, Rocket League, Apex Legends, Valorant, League of Legends, NBA 2K, Madden, Forza 7
  • Food and Beverage: Food and beverage options available for an additional cost
  • Availability: Thursday through Monday from 9:30a to 5:30p

Want a full educational program as well? Contact us!


Do you have questions about the Esports Enrichment Program? Do you need more information? Reach out to our Esports team and they will respond with the answers you need.

Founding Sponsors

Burns & McDonnell

Official PC Supplier

Interested in purchasing a new gaming or streaming PC? Using our affiliate link helps support esports, STEAM, and educational programs at the Saint Louis Science Center.

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Interested in partnering or sponsoring our esports program? Please contact

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