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EZONE Esports & Gaming

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The EZONE is a recreational esports & gaming space located within the Recreational Eagle Center. The space is outfitted with:

  • 24 High-Performance Gaming PCs
  • 2 Nintendo Switches
  • 2 Xbox Series Xs
  • 2 PlayStation 5s
  • 1 - Oculus Quest 2 VR
  • 1 - Meta Quest 3 VR
  • Peripheral equipment (controllers, headsets, keyboards, etc)
  • Streaming Room
  • Viewing Area

Whether you're a new player or seasoned gamer, the EZONE is a place for you! We are dedicated to creating a positive and friendly environment for all gamers, competitive and casual alike. Console and PC gamers will find a community within the EZONE!  

Stop in any time the EZONE is open and a staff member will help get you started.

Access, Membership & Passes

UWL Students
In most cases, access to the EZONE is at no additional cost to the student. The only thing you need is your University ID card or Rec Sports App to check in.

Students do not need to purchase a membership to access the EZONE if enrolled for current term and paying the student fee for the REC. Student memberships to the REC are included in your student fees and are based on term(s) of enrollment.  You must be enrolled in a minimum of 1 (one) credit to gain access.

Students who are not enrolled in the fall or spring semester are ineligible to purchase a semester membership. Day passes can be purchased for $8.

Students not enrolled in summer or winter session are eligible to purchase a short-term membership if enrolled in the semester just prior to or immediately following that term. Daily guest passes can be purchased for $4.

Former students who do not meet these eligibility requirements must pay the public rates.

Students need to activate their membership each term. They can so online or within the EZONE.

UWL Faculty & Staff
Access to the EZONE is included in a REC Membership. All UWL faculty, staff, retirees and emeriti are eligible to purchase a recreation membership.  More information is available on the Rec Sports Membership webpage

Faculty and staff without a REC membership can purchase a day pass for $8.  A day pass provides 3 hours of access to the EZONE.  

Memberships can be purchased online or at the REC Info Counter.  Day passes must be purchased at the REC Info Counter.

Public
Members of the public may purchase an EZONE Membership or Day Pass.  

Day Pass: $8 - Provides 3 hours of access to the EZONE. 

Membership Rates

Monthly $25
Semester/Summer $65
Academic Year $120
Calendar Year $145

Membership and day passes may be purchased at the REC Info Counter or online after creating a Fusion account. Parents - All Fusion accounts should be created in the name of your child, not your name. 

All users must sign an EZONE Use Agreement. Users under the age of 18 must have the EZONE Use Agreement signed by a parent or legal guardian unless the participants are full-time UWL Students. The agreement must be signed once per membership period or once per calendar year if a day pass is sold.    

Users under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult 18 years of age or older.  One adult may supervise up to 5 youth.

Policies

EZONE Esports & Gaming Use Policies 
All users must sign the Use Agreement prior to participating. The agreement must be signed once per membership period or once per calendar year if a day pass is sold.     

Appropriate Use Policy 

UWL Rec Sports welcomes and respects gamers of all types, from all places and backgrounds. In keeping with our inclusion statement, we are committed to equal access to our facility and programs regardless of ability, age, citizenship, economic status, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, race, religion, or sexual orientation. Therefore, the following policies are in place to create a welcoming, safe, and fair gaming community. 

  • Act with character and courtesy while respecting the rights, welfare, and dignity of all others in the facility 
  • Harassment and behaviors that create an intolerable environment such as bullying, threats of violence, stalking, or other forms of intimidation (physically or online) will not be tolerated. These include but are not limited to: 
    • Spamming, raiding, hijacking, or inciting disruption of streams or social media 
    • Posting or threatening to post other people’s personally identifying information (“doxing”) 
    • Unwelcome sexual attention to include unwelcome sexualized comments, jokes, and sexual advances 
    • Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behavior 
  • Refrain from excessive volume, swearing, vulgar language, acts of physical rage and offensive conduct 
  • Personal gear, including peripherals, backpacks, etc. must not show discriminatory or profane decals 
  • No cheating or illegal activity allowed 
  • Balance gaming with other university responsibilities, including class. We want you to be a successful competitor, but not sacrifice your studies or other responsibilities 
  • All UWL students are expected to comply with the UWL Student Code of Conduct 
  • Users of the facility must comply with all departmental, University, UW-System, state, and federal technology use policies (i.e. no installation of programs on computers, etc.) 

To report an incident, please complete the online incident report form. 

Youth Policy 

  • Users under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult 18 years of age or older.  One adult may supervise up to 5 youth.
  • Participants under the age of 18 must have the EZONE Use Agreement signed by a parent or legal guardian unless the participants are full-time UWL Students. The agreement must be signed once per membership period or once per calendar year if a day pass is sold.          

Facility Policies 

  • A government issued ID is required for all non-UWL patrons over the age of 16.  
  • Computers are to be used for approved gaming purposes only, unless otherwise approved by a member of the Rec Sports professional staff 
  • Audiovisual equipment may be controlled by trained Rec Sports staff members only.   
  • All equipment, including hardware, peripherals, furniture, etc. is not to be removed from the facility 
  • No food allowed; beverages allowed in a sealed, leak-proof container only and must be placed on the floor away from computers and peripherals 
  • Contact a member of the Rec Sports staff should a spill or incident occur 
  • Bags and personal belongings must be stored in the lockers or outside the facility 
  • Users may bring their own peripherals and gaming controllers 
  • Rec Sports is not responsible for lost or stolen items  
  • Users may be held responsible for damage related to their conduct (violation of these policies) 

Gaming Policies 

  • Unless otherwise reserved or approved by Rec Sports professional staff, gaming sessions will be capped at 90 minutes if there are others waiting to use the PCs/consoles and gaming is limited to 3 hours per user per dayPlease honor and respect the time of others.  
  • No new users and no new games should be started with less than 30 minutes left in operating hours; must exit the game upon closing 
  • Log out of all game accounts before leaving your station 
  • When concluding time on PCs and consoles, clean up your area and wipe down equipment with cleaning materials provided 
  • Gambling of any kind is strictly prohibited on any EZONE activities
Available Equipment & Spaces

Available Equipment

Alienware Aurora R12 Gaming Desktops (24)
Processor: 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i7 11700F (8-Core, 16MB Cache, 2.5GHz to 4.9GHz w/Intel® Turbo Boost Max) 
Graphics Card: NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3070 8GB GDDR6 
Memory: 16GB, 2x8GB, DDR4, 3200MHz, XMP 
Hard Drive: 2TB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD 
Chassis: Dark Side of the Moon chassis with Low-Profile Smart Cooling CPU Heatsink and 1000W Power Supply 
Wireless: Killer™ Wi-Fi 6 AX1650 (2x2) 802.11ax Wireless and Bluetooth
Monitor: Alienware 27 Monitor
PC Peripherals: Alienware Low Profile RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard and Wired/Wireless Gaming Mouse 
Headsets: Alienware 7.1 Gaming Headset 

Xbox Series X (2)

PlayStation 5 (2)

Nintendo Switch (2)

Oculus Quest 2 - Virtual Reality (2)

Available Spaces

Shoutcasting Room

  • Alienware PC, monitor and peripherals
  • Ring light
  • Camera
  • Microphone 

Available for drop in use or by reservation. 

Technical support is not provided by EZONE staff.  

Available Games

If you have your own game or launcher accounts, you may use them.

Some PC games only allow for 6 players to be playing at once.  

Games are subject to change without notice.

PC

Destiny 2
Halo Infinite
Brawlhalla
Aim Lab
Team Fortress 2
Apex Legends
Counter-Strike: Global Offense
PUBG: BATTLEGROUNDS
Rainbow Six Seige
Overwatch
Fortnite
Rocket League
Teamfight Tactics
League of Legends
Valorant
Legends of Runeterra
Call of Duty: Warzone

Xbox

Apex Legends
Call of Duty
Destiny 2
FC (FIFA)
Fortnite
Madden
NBA 2K
Rocket League 
Games available through Xbox Game Pass Ultimate

PlayStation

Apex Legends
Brawlhala
Call of Duty
Destiny 2
Elden Ring
Fall Guys
FC (FIFA)
Fortnite
Madden
Marvel's Spiderman
Minecraft
NBA 2K
NHL
Rocket League
Splitgate
Spider Man: Miles Morales
Spider Man: 2
Games available through PlayStation Plus

Nintendo Switch

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Super Smash Bros Ultimate 
SSB Fighter Pass 1 & 2
Super Mario Odyssey
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Mario Party Superstars
Pokemon: Brilliant Diamond
Fire Emblem: Three Houses
Apex Legends
Rocket League
Fortnite
Just Dance

Oculus Virtual Reality

Among Us
Beat Saber
VR Chat
Rec Room
Gun Raiders
Echo VR
SUPERHOT
Onward
The Climb 2
Until You Fall
Walkabout Mini Golf
Pistol Whip
Hyper Dash
Population: One
Golf +
Real VR Fishing
Wander
ForeVR Bowl
Epic Roller Coasters
Super Natural
Jurassic World
Hoame
Fit XR
Ancient Dungeons
Make a Reservation

Come celebrate your birthday and all other special events at the EZONE! Birthday parties, family events, field trips, camps and corporate events are all a blast at the EZONE!

Reservation Benefits

  • Access to the facility outside of normal hours (based on staff availability)
  • Dedicated staff for your group
  • Adult chaperone policy overrides the normal EZONE Youth Policy   
# of Participants Rates (Per Person/Per Hour)
5-9 $7.00
10-14 $6.00
15-19 $5.00
20-24 $4.00

Reservation fee includes access to all available equipment including gaming PCs, consoles, controllers, headphones, etc.  

No food or drinks are not allowed in the EZONE. An adjacent conference room is available for an additional $50 fee where food and drinks may be consumed.   

Select Reservation Policies 

Adult Chaperones: One adult (18 years of age or older) shall be personally responsible and assume full responsibility for the character, acts and conduct of all persons admitted to the EZONE as members of the group. There must be two adult chaperones (i.e., ages 18+) for the Group and at least one adult chaperone shall physically be in the EZONE with the Group at all times.

Waiver: Group agrees to have all of its participants (or a parent or legal guardian for any participants under the age of 18) sign UWL’s “Participant Agreement, Release, and Acknowledgement of Risk”.

Parking: Parking is not included as part of the reservation of the EZONE. Street parking and parking in campus lots is available on a first-come-first served basis and may be subject to the purchase of a parking permit at existing pay stations.

Payment: Group shall pay the EZONE Reservation Fee prior to the start of Group’s Event, but no later than the day of the Event. Group may pay via check or credit card. UWL reserves the right to charge an additional $30.00 fee for bounced checks or failed credit card transactions.

Cancellation: Any cancellation made by the Group must be done at least 48 hours in advance of the reservation. Reservations canceled by Group less than 48 hours prior to the start of the reservation will forfeit the entire cost of the EZONE Reservation Fee. Any amounts due by Group and not yet paid shall be due immediately upon cancellation. Changes to the reservation (including participant numbers) must be made prior to the day of the reservation to avoid penalty. Per-person fees may be waived for up to two no-shows on the day of the reservation. Any additional people not in attendance (based upon the estimated Group participant totals indicated above) will be subject to the per participant cost for any changes made on the day of the reservation.

Games: Games available are subject to change without notice and users per game are limited if users don't have their own game accounts. In addition, due to the volume of games available, EZONE employees may not be able to provide game help once a game is launched. 

Booking Information

Contact Jeff Keenan at jkeenan@uwlax.edu or 608-785-5228 to learn more or start the booking process. 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

I have a small group. Do I need a reservation?

We recommend making a reservation for groups of 5 or more, however you can always drop in during regular EZONE hours. With drop in play, we require that each user complete a profile in our system and this takes some time at our Information Counter. For reservations, individual profiles are not needed.   

All participants will need an EZONE Use Agreement. Participants under the age of 18 must have the EZONE Use Agreement signed by a parent or legal guardian. To save on arrival, you can print and sign the agreements before arrival. 

Last modified: 06/26/2023

When can a reservation be booked?

You may reserve the EZONE as a private event (only your group will have access) or during open hours. Either way, we will provide staff/extra staff for your group only.

Reservations can be made whenever the Recreational Eagle Center (REC) is open. If you want a private event, you will need to book when the REC is open, but the EZONE is closed.

For example, on Sunday’s, the building opens at 11am and the EZONE opens at Noon, so you could have the space to yourself for an hour and then share the space for an hour if you wanted a two hour reservation.

All reservations are based on staff availability.

 

Last modified: 02/01/2024

Will non-participants be charged?

You do not need to pay the hourly fee for those that are not playing.  

Last modified: 06/26/2023

Competitions & Events

Smash Bros Tournament
Do you love Super Smash Bros and want a chance to play in a one-day tournament? In this event individuals will face off in a double elimination bracket. The tournament will be held in the EZONE, and the winner of the tournament will win an EZONE Esports champ t-shirt!

  • Registration Deadline: Wednesday, February 21
  • Tournament Date: February 24 at 12:30pm
  • FREE

Fortnite Tournament
Now is your chance to show your Fortnite skills in a timed victory royale competition. Feel free to fly solo, or team up with friends in duos or squads to create the ultimate team. The team or solo player with the most wins at 4pm will win an EZONE Esports champ t-shirt!

  • Registration Deadline: Wednesday, March 20
  • Tournament Date: Saturday, March 23 at 12:30pm
  • FREE

FC 24 Tournament
Do you want the chance to show your friends who is truly the best FIFA player? This tournament will have players face off head-to-head in a double elimination tournament. Pass and kick your way to the championship and you could win an EZONE Esports champ T-shirt!

  • Registration Deadline: Wednesday, April 17
  • Tournament Date: Saturday, April 20 at 12:30pm
  • FREE

Registration for all events is available on IMLeagues

All events are sponsored by Gillette-Pepsi. All entrants will receive complimentary Rockstar Energy beverages and top performers will receive Rockstar Energy swag!

Student Organizations

The organizations listed below are recognized by the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, however are not affiliated with the EZONE.

Esports & Gaming Club
MyOrgs:
Esports and Gaming Club, UWL
Twitter: @UWLesports
Instagram: uwlesports
Discord: UW La Crosse Esports & Gaming Club

Super Smash Bros. Club
MyOrgs
: Super Smash Bros. Club
Discord:
UWL Smashcord

Recreational Eagle Center (REC) Hours

Regular Summer Hours

Monday - Friday:  8am-8pm
Saturday: 12pm-6pm
Sunday: Closed

The REC will be closing at 5:30pm on the following days:
Tuesday, July 16
Thursday, July 18

Contact Us
608.785.5225
recoffice@uwlax.edu

Outdoor Connection (OC) Hours

Regular Summer Hours

Monday - Friday:  10am-4pm
Saturday:  12pm-6pm
Sunday:  Closed

The REC will be closing at 5:30pm on the following days:
Tuesday, July 16
Thursday, July 18

Contact Us
608.785.8860
outdoorcnt@uwlax.edu

Fitness Center Hours

Regular Summer Hours

Monday - Friday:  8am-8pm
Saturday: 12pm-6pm
Sunday: Closed

The REC will be closing at 5:30pm on the following days:
Tuesday, July 16
Thursday, July 18

Live Facility Counts

Contact Us
608.785.5210
recoffice@uwlax.edu

Climbing Wall Hours

CLOSED FOR RENOVATION

Contact Us
608.785.5225
recoffice@uwlax.edu

EZONE Esports & Gaming Hours

Regular Summer Hours

Monday - Friday:  12pm-8pm
Saturday: 12pm-6pm
Sunday: Closed

The EZONE will be closed on the following days:
Tuesday, July 9: 5-7pm

The REC will be closing at 5:30pm on the following days:
Tuesday, July 16
Thursday, July 18

Contact Us
608.785.8921
recsportsesports@uwlax.edu

Mitchell Hall Pool Hours

CLOSED FOR THE SUMMER

Contact Us
608.785.8698
recoffice@uwlax.edu

Fieldhouse Hours

Access to the Fieldhouse during open rec hours is restricted to those who have a current REC membership (student, faculty/staff, alumni).

Open Rec Hours 
Closed for the summer

Second Floor Track Hours
Managed by the Athletic Department
Monday-Friday:  11am-1pm

There will be no summer open walking. Open walking will begin again on the first day of classes on Sept. 3, 2024

Contact Us
608.785.5225
recoffice@uwlax.edu