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Columbia College Game Hut

If you really go and get a unique perspective by actually looking at what the players do and what happens,

you'd be able to see that it's actually a very competitive environment at the top of collegiate eSports."

Ian Alexander, Columbia College Gamer

Originally an old soccer facility, the “Game Hut” quickly became the hub for Columbia’s comprehensive gaming program—and has grown exponentially with each expansion of the program. With Dimensional Innovation’s expertise, the custom-designed and LED-lit space houses PS4, Xbox, and gaming PCs, available to both the general student population and the campus’ competitive team. As a recruitment tool for both recreational and competitive gamers, students are flocking to the space and love spending time there with friends and colleagues. During the HUE Championship—a collegiate gaming event with a $50,000 prize—Columbia’s team rose to the top and were able to put their earnings back into the esports program, facilities, and scholarships.

 

As the fourth school in the United States to offer esports scholarships, the Game Hut became an extension of leadership’s push to create a space for the gaming community. As a recruitment tool for both recreational and competitive gamers, students are flocking to the space and love spending time there with friends and colleagues. During the HUE Championship—a collegiate gaming event with a $50,000 prize—Columbia’s team rose to the top and were able to put their earnings back into the esports program, facilities, and scholarships.

 

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Drew Berst

Drew Berst

Executive Director - Collegiate Sports

Drew Berst is an Executive Director and oversees the Collegiate Sports, Higher Education and Healthcare practices at Dimensional Innovations. Berst lives and breathes college sports and is the single point of accountability for all... more about Drew Berst Drew Berst Drew Berst Executive Director - Collegiate Sports

Drew Berst is an Executive Director and oversees the Collegiate Sports, Higher Education and Healthcare practices at Dimensional Innovations.

Berst lives and breathes college sports and is the single point of accountability for all collegiate clients. Professionally, Berst has been working in the sports facility industry for over twelve years and has been involved in over $2 billion worth of athletic facility projects. Leading the team to over 400% revenue growth and tripling the company’s market share since 2015, he’s attributes DI’s unique, design-build approach to project delivery, master brand planning partnerships, facility graphics, branding and interactive technology experiences to his success.

Drew is also passionate about creating soothing and remarkable experiences within the healthcare field. Understanding that positive distractions and immersive environments can drastically alter how patients receive care, Berst works alongside health system executives, physicians, practitioners and medical teams to ensure each experience meets both hospital and patient expectations.

Born and raised in Kansas City and earning his bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas, as well as an MBA from the University of North Carolina – Wilmington, Berst is steadfast in his belief that there is no such thing as a family vacation, unless a sporting event is involved.

Most importantly, Drew is a husband to Betsy and a parent to three girls – Edie, Nora and Margot.

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Eric Buckels

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