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NACE and Hi-Rez Studios Partner to Advance Varsity Esports Competition

Association Update

The National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE) announced that it has signed a partnership agreement with Hi-Rez Studios to build varsity esports competition in SMITE and Paladins.  The partnership will help provide the necessary infrastructure and resources for colleges and universities to expand their esports departments into additional esports, creating valuable opportunities for more students to compete and earn degrees.

The partnership with Hi-Rez Studios was spearheaded by an exploratory committee made of administrators from NACE member institutions.  As part of the new partnership, NACE and Hi-Rez will create recruiting systems and outreach to help connect coaches and interested students together. To nurture the growth of collegiate esports and the creation of content around varsity competition in Hi-Rez game titles, the seasons will be coordinated with Hi-Rez’s professional leagues.  Competition will start beginning in August of 2018 and will be split into separate semesters of the academic year. ...


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NACE is a member driven organization that focuses on the positive development of esports programs at the collegiate level, and advocates for members to create varsity programs that include scholarships for its participants and a strong institutional commitment to the sport. NACE is the only association of college and university sponsored esports programs that promotes the education and development of students through intercollegiate esports.