The National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE) is a nonprofit membership association organized by and on behalf of our member institutions.
What is NACE?
The National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE) is a nonprofit membership association organized by and on behalf of our member institutions. Together, our members are developing the structure and tools needed to advance collegiate esports in the varsity space. We are collaborating to lay the groundwork in areas such as: Eligibility, Path to Graduation, and Competition & Scholarships. NACE is the only association of varsity esports programs at colleges and universities across the U.S.
- 130+ member schools
- 3,000+ student-athletes
- $15 million in esports scholarships and aid
- Annual national convention
- Private discord server (voice-over software) for athletic directors, coaches, and more
This is the Beginning.
NACE officially formed on July 28, 2016 at the first ever Collegiate Esports Summit held in Kansas City, MO. At that time only seven colleges and universities had varsity esports programs. Since then a rapidly growing number of institutions have launched varsity programming, with a current count of 130+ institutions. As of January 2018, over 94% of all varsity esports programs in the U.S. are members of NACE with an ever increasing number of schools exploring esports.
Member Schools 2018
Who are we?
Our leadership rests with our Board of Directors, administrators elected from our member institutions.
Board of Directors:
Grand View University
National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics
Kansas Wesleyan University
Western Kentucky University
Illinois Wesleyan University
Vice President Information Technology