the blue, orange and white logo for the Waterloo Region Esports Commission with a stylized W on the left, and the words Waterloo Region Esports Commission stacked on top of each other on the rightGiven the strength and assets of Waterloo Region’s technology and educational sectors, there is an incredible opportunity to bring key partners together in support of the development and growth of esports within our community.

The Waterloo Region Esports Commission (WREC) was launched in March 2021 and includes representatives from regional municipalities, local businesses, academic institutions, and video game industries. Committees will support the key priorities of WREC, including youth and scholastic programs, community promotions and communications, infrastructure & equipment and overall partner and advisory services.  

The WREC works to help bring esport events, camps, leagues, tournaments, teams, and other related gaming activities to Waterloo Region. It also supports the local  gaming community and scholastic programs. The goal of WREC is to position Waterloo Region as a key host esport destination.

WREC Partnership

Interested in becoming a WREC Partner? The partnership model is designed to be inclusive while creating funding to support esports events, camps, programs and initiatives in Waterloo Region.

Base partnership is FREE, along with paid partnership options that provide different benefits, opportunities and activations. Funding will be used to support economic incentives for esports events event recruitment and marketing and the support of project delivery.

WREC is looking for partners from various sectors including; Government Agencies, Game Developers, Technology Organizations, Corporate Sponsors, Hospitality Industry, Entertainment, Venues and Educational Institutions.

If you are interested in more information, contact the Vice Chair, and Director of Sport Hosting: Allister Scorgie [email protected] for more information and the WREC Partner Deck.

Esports Camps

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Esports Camps and Bingemans are teaming up again to provide in-person esports camps available during four different weeks this summer!

Esports campers will have the opportunity to develop their skills both in and out of the game. Campers will participate in team building activities, in-game drills and instruction, discussions of game strategy, and learn the importance of team communication and cohesion. Not only will campers participate in gaming activities and learn the importance of health and nutrition as it relates to gaming, they will also split the day between esports training and outdoor activities including nature hikes, arts & crafts, games and sports.

Esports Camp Dates and Registration

Waterloo Region Esports News

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Why Waterloo region wants to grow esports industry locally and experts say others should follow suit

Get ready to hear more about esports in Waterloo region.

A social media campaign will get underway in March to introduce the community to the industry, which experts say can provide a boost to municipalities in various ways.

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Waterloo Region Esports Commission Names Inaugural Chair

Jeremy Dueck, Manager of the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium Complex (The Aud) will be
stepping into the role of Chair to lead WREC in its initial formative years.

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Maryland falls to the University of Waterloo in the CSL Grand Finals

The University of Waterloo defeated the University of Maryland in a best of three series at the Grand Finals of the Collegiate StarLeague esports league last.

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Esports commission launched in Waterloo Region

Explore Waterloo Region has launched an organization to support gaming and esports programs, events, initiatives.

The decision to form the Waterloo Region Esports Commission (WREC) came at the end of the inaugural Waterloo Region Esports Summit.

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University of Waterloo Warriors claim inaugural Overwatch Championship title

The Warriors Overwatch A team is officially the first ever OPSE grand champions.

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Esports camps coming to Waterloo Region

Explore Waterloo Region, Sports Camps Canada, and gaming and esports company Subnation Media have partnered to bring virtual video game camps to the University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University and Conestoga College this April.

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How to Become a Thriving Esports Destination

Ed Tomasi, Co-Founder of Subnation, shares insights on how destinations can become thriving esports destinations – a journey that begins at home.

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Waterloo region looking to become a possible esport destination

Explore Waterloo Region recently partnered with gaming marketing company Subnation.

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Gamers vying for spot on University of Waterloo’s esports team

Gamers at the University of Waterloo have been competing since August for a chance to represent their school on a national and international stage.

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Waterloo Region tourism group look to bring esports to area

No longer the purview of kids wiling away the hours in their basement, video games are not just big business but a competitive platform that has spawned so-called electronic sports, or esports.

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Waterloo Region investigating esports potential

Waterloo Regional Tourism Marketing Corporation wants to bring electronic sports tournament developers to the region.

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Waterloo Region dives into esports with Subnation

Regional Canadian tourism board Explore Waterloo Region has partnered with gaming and esports media and marketing platform Subnation.

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Region looking to grow Esports community

An agreement between Explore Waterloo Region and Subnation is looking at developing opportunities for the region to grow into a hub for Esports programming and events.

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