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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

Practice Director - Collegiate Sports

Drew Berst is the Practice Director for Collegiate Sports at Dimensional Innovations and is incredibly proud to lead a team that has achieved over 400% revenue growth while also tripling their market share since 2015. Success had been... more about Drew Berst Drew Berst Drew Berst Practice Director - Collegiate Sports

Drew Berst is the Practice Director for Collegiate Sports at Dimensional Innovations and is incredibly proud to lead a team that has achieved over 400% revenue growth while also tripling their market share since 2015. Success had been driven by DI’s unique, design-build approach to project delivery, master brand planning partnerships, and interactive technology experiences in addition to their traditional work in facility graphics and branding.

At DI, Berst is the single point of accountability for all collegiate sports clients and his main focus is to live and breathe college sports, in other words, keep doing what he has been doing his entire life. Professionally, Berst has been working in the sports facility industry for over 12 years and has been involved in over $2 billion worth of athletic facility projects.

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

Most importantly, Berst 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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