ESPN has revealed that it has created the College Esports Championship (CEC), where hundreds of colleges in North America qill compete for a spot at the semi-finals and finals of the championship at Comicpalooza in Houston, running from May 10 to 12.
"As universities continue to grow their esports programs at the varsity, non-varsity and club levels, we're proud to be providing a platform for national exposure and recognition of some of the most talented players in the collegiate space," said John Lasker, vice president of digital media programming for ESPN. "Through our collaboration with top publishers in the industry, players will be able to showcase their talent in high-level competition on some of the most prominent esports titles."
Games included are Overwatch, Hearthstone, StarCraft II, Heroes of the Storm, and Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition, the latter of which will have qualifying rounds hosted by Collegiate Starleague. Tespa, however, will be hosting the other four games from Blizzard.
"ESPN has been a terrific collaborator with Blizzard Esports over the years, having created monumental esports moments together, and we couldn't be more excited to team up again to provide our collegiate players the opportunity to finish out the spring Tespa season on the big stage," added Todd Pawlowski, senior vice president of live experiences at Blizzard Entertainment. "It'll be a first for Blizzard to have four collegiate championship events under one roof, which should make for an awesome show for the fans."
Players are competing for college scholarships as a part of this, and the competitions will be streamed as well.
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