GCN and Van Wagner to hold Largest National Collegiate Esports Tournaments Across Multiple Gaming Titles. First tournament launches in May 2021 with 10 NCAA Conferences Competing in Fortnite for the Opportunity to Crown a Champion. Additional Competition Opportunities coming in Q3/Q4 2021
Gaming Community Network (GCN) a Esports-dedicated media group has partnered with sports and entertainment firm Van Wagner to hold a collegiate esports tournament series across North America.
Each event will feature teams from following Ten National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) conferences. They are
- America East Conference
- Big South Conference
- Big West Conference
- Colonial Athletic Association
- Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
- Southland Conference
- Sun Belt Conference
- West Coast Conference
- Western Athletic Conference
- Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association.
The top two finishers of each conference tournament advancing to play into a national tournament to crown an overall champion.
As a part of the deal, Van Wagner will serve as the exclusive multimedia rights partner for each participating NCAA conference and will broadcast all matches of the series on its official esports Twitch channel. Additionally, the firm will secure corporate sponsorships for the series.
Van Wagner Senior Vice President, Mark Donley, commented: “This is an exciting opportunity to connect the 110 member schools of our partner NCAA conferences in a nation-wide esports competition. These tournaments will be open to the member schools, as well as to any of the over 1.4 million students enrolled at these institutions.”
GCN which reaches over 65 million unique monthly viewers, will feature the series across its range of esports and gaming-dedicated websites.
Chief Marketing Officer at GCN, Chris Kindt also spoke on the announcement in a release: “Delivering great events and experiences for our gaming and esports community is in our DNA, and we couldn’t be happier to partner with a pioneer like Van Wagner to completely change the collegiate esports landscape. We are forging a new era for college students, and we’re building an engaging and exciting event for brands to showcase their value to a captive audience.”
Big West Conference Commissioner, Dan Butterly, added: “This is a tremendous opportunity for students at Big West Conference institutions to participate and compete in esports against institutions and conferences across the country. The Big West is excited to partner with Van Wagner and GCN on this initiative and we look forward to the growth of collegiate esports and watching students at our institutions compete.”
Students from any member school from the participating conferences can form a team to compete. Teams within the 10 conferences can submit their entry starting on Wednesday, April 21, 2021 with more information to be released in the coming weeks.
The first tournament will be held in May 2021 virtually for the 10 conferences. The winner and runner-up from each conference tournament will play in the Championship Tournament, as well as receive cash prizes or scholarships, along with the bragging rights as a champion.