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  • News | | NAC eSports Staff

    Move aside football, American college students can now play video games as a varsity sport

    The esports industry has boomed in recent years, commanding an audience of nearly 150 million people who are tuning in to watch competitive gamers. Now enthusiasts can even get a scholarship to attend college based on their skills. Across the US, 34 colleges offer competitive gaming as a varsity sport.

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    Bellevue University Athletics adding eSports beginning in 2017-18

    BELLEVUE, Neb. -- The Bellevue University Athletic Department announced today that it will launch eSports as a new varsity intercollegiate sport beginning in the fall of 2017. Bellevue will become one of just a few universities in the country to offer athletic scholarships for eSports competitors.

  • News | | NAC eSports Staff

    Colleges are Starting Varsity Programs for Video Games

    Professional esports — competitive video game playing as a spectator sport — is surging in the US, with revenues in the hundreds of millions and growing fast. So it’s little surprise that collegiate esports — in which universities field their own teams just as they would for baseball or basketball — has been been growing as well, to the…

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    Maryville University Wins Inaugural NACE Invitational

    Saints down Miami University, 2-0 KANSAS CITY, Mo. (April 21, 2017) – National Association of Collegiate eSports (NACE) history was made Friday night, as Maryville University (Mo.) emerged as the winner of the inaugural NACE Invitational. The Saints swept Miami University (Ohio), 2-0, in the title match. League of Legends was the game title of choice for the association’s…

  • News | | NAC eSports Staff

    Colleges flip the switch on esports

    Just seven colleges fielded varsity esports programs as of last July. Now, nine months later, there are 34 varsity esports programs across the country and some officials project as many as 50 to 60 schools will sponsor an esports team by the next academic year. Varsity esports looks very much like other sports programs, with full-time paid coaches, scholarships,…

  • News | | NAC eSports Staff

    All-women's Stephens College breaks ground with varsity esports program

    An all-women's college became a pioneering institution in esports Thursday. Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri, will be the first women's college to sponsor a varsity esports program. The Stars will field an Overwatch team starting in Fall 2017...

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    News, Press Releases | | NAC eSports Staff

    NACE Invitational Moves into Semifinals

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (April 19, 2017) – The National Association of Collegiate eSports (NACE) inaugural national invitational moves into its semifinals on Thursday, April 20th starting at 5pm CDT.  The teams moving into the semis with records of 3-0 are Maryville University of St. Louis, Robert Morris University of Chicago, Miami University (Ohio), and Columbia College (Missouri). The Inaugural NACE…

  • News | | NAC eSports Staff

    CSJ announces launch of eSports program

    CSJ will be the only college in New England to offer eSports as a varsity sport. “The College has really encouraged the development of an athletic culture over the past few years,” said Jeff Brown, senior vice president of college affairs and athletic director. “The addition of an eSports program promotes a holistic approach to collegiate athletics, while attracting…

  • News | | NAC eSports Staff

    Illinois Wesleyan to Launch eSports

    BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— Illinois Wesleyan University will launch a varsity eSports program — competitive online video gaming — beginning in the fall of 2018. One of the fastest growing collegiate team activities, eSports is now offered by more than 600 colleges and universities across the country. Through eSports, teams of competitors representing their institutions compete in online competition. And for…

  • Press Releases | | NAC eSports Staff

    NACE Announces Teams and Schedule for Inaugural Invitational

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (April 5, 2017) – The National Association of Collegiate eSports (NACE) launches into competition for the first-time in association history with start of the Inaugural NACE Invitational on Monday, April 10. The 16-team round robin-into-single elimination bracket play concludes on Friday, April 21 with the championship final slated to begin at 5 p.m. CDT. League of…

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