The ESPN Collegiate Esports Championship (CEC) will be podcasting students from ‘hundreds’ of colleges across North America to compete for scholarships as their winning prize.
They will include multiple series of qualifiers to be hosted by the California-based esports operator Tespa, also known as the world’s first college gaming organization, and the leader in collegiate esports on campus. While the helping co-star will be the Collegiate StarLeague (CSL).
CSL will be responsible for hosting qualifying rounds for Street Fighter V: Arcade Game, championship’s first confirmed games. While Tespa will be at the helm of qualifying rounds for Overwatch, Hearthstone, StarCraft II, and Heroes of the Storm.
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It’s also noteworthy to mention that the ESPN series is one of the only college esports events to present Overwatch.
Winners of the tournament will progress to the LAN series semi-finals, after which they will compete on the championship’s final-event. Qualifying rounds, as well as the LAN Championship, will be streamed globally on ESPN and other various platforms. The finals are known to be held in Houston, between 10th and 12th of May.
“ESPN has been a terrific collaborator with Blizzard esports over the years. Having created monumental esports moments together, 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.” Said senior vice president of live experiences at Blizzard Entertainment, Todd Pawlowski announced.
The respect goes to Tespa and Collegiate StarLeague for hosting the qualifying-rounds for both Blizzard’s games and Street Fighter V. This will be a-first for Blizzard to have four collegiate championship events in one sea, making it a spectacular experience.