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Starting a chapter is the greatest adventure that college has to offer. Are you ready?

Start your adventure.

Starting a chapter can be a rewarding, life-changing experience and an opportunity for personal and professional growth. It takes a lot of grit to forge your own path, but the outcome is more than worth it. Leave a legacy for future generations of gamers on your campus for years to come!

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Schools accepted between now and December will start during the 2020 Spring Semester.

What is a Tespa Chapter?

Tespa chapters are officially-recognized student gaming clubs across the US and Canada. Together with Tespa, chapter leadership teams work year-round to host epic events, create career opportunites for students, and celebrate gaming as a force for good on their campus.

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Chapter List

Our Vision Statement

Our Vision Statement

Read our Developer's Notes to learn more about how we're making our vision a reality in 2019.

Admissions Requirements

Organizations that do not meet these requirements will not be able to receive an Admissions Interview.

  1. Must be officially registered by your college/university in the USA or Canada.

  2. Must be inclusive and game agnostic.

  3. Must have at least three student officers for:

    • Leadership

    • Events

    • Membership

  4. Must have an active member engagement platform (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, Discord, or similar)

  5. Must have held at least one documented, in-person club event.

Application Process

Each applicant must complete the following Application Steps before becoming an official Beta Chapter.


Spring Admissions StepTime Range
Admissions ApplicationNovember - December
Admissions Interview1-2 Weeks
Post-Interview Feedback

1 Week

Charter Signing1-2 Weeks
Chapter Class OnboardingDecember - January

Active & Beta Chapters

If you complete the Admissions process, you'll start your journey as a Beta chapter, with one year to complete your Beta chapter requirements and move to Active status.

Once you're an Active chapter, you'll have full access to all Tespa benefits, as long as you meet the Active chapter requirements dictated in the charter.

2019 Beta Charter

2019 Active Charter

What is a Charter?

What is a Charter?

A charter is an agreement between a chapter and Tespa that details the benefits, structure, and requirements for support. All chapters must digitally sign a charter before receiving support from Tespa.

From our Chapter Coordinators

We believe that gaming brings people across all walks of life together. Whatever games your community wants to play, we want to support you. Our network of chapters is only as amazing as it is because of people like you who dare to dream of a world where gaming is celebrated as a force for good.


We’re excited to learn more about you and your community!

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Frequently Asked Questions

How will becoming a Tespa chapter benefit my organization?

Tespa offers multiple support programs for our chapters, including a network crafted to connect you with leaders and resources in the collegiate esports industry, our membership program, and our Campaign program.


Do I need to be a Tespa chapter to compete in Tespa tournaments?

No, our tournaments are open to all students. If you're interested in signing up by yourself or with a team, head to Tespa Compete to get started.


What does it mean to have a "documented" in-person event?

When we look for event documentation, we primarily look for photos and past event announcements such as a Facebook event page. You will be asked to provide documentation of at least one club event in your application. If you do not have documentation, you may still submit an application, but may be asked to complete additional steps.

My organization supports non-Blizzard games. Is that okay?

Definitely! While Tespa is a subsidiary of Blizzard, Tespa is also game agnostic. We believe that there should be no limits to what games people can enjoy with each other.


I haven't heard back regarding my application in a long time. What should I do? 

We receive a lot of applications, and we thank you for your patience as review each one thoroughly! If you haven’t heard back from us, you can check the status of your application by posting in the #admissions_support channel of the Tespa Community Discord.


My application got rejected. When can I reapply?

We recommend you apply in the following semester after reviewing the feedback we gave you and improving on it. It’s great to see chapters filled with determination!


I have more questions...

And we want to hear them! You can contact the Tespa team on Discord or email support@tespa.org with any additional questions you might have.