Mansfield, Mass. - The New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) is proud to announce it has agreed to a partnership with ESTV to be the conference’s official exclusive linear television provider for the first year of its esports season. The NECC announced its intention to sponsor esports earlier this year and will officially begin their inaugural season during the upcoming fall semester.
ESTV will not only be showing game play from the NECC throughout the upcoming year, the channel will also provide the content in an ‘on-demand’ stream that can be accessed at any time. The partnership will officially kick off with the conference’s two NBA2K Finals being broadcast on ESTV over the next couple of weeks.
“We are excited to announce this partnership featuring one of the first movers in collegiate esports organizations to promote and, ultimately, help grow the esports community,” said Eric Yoon, founder and CEO of ESTV. “Our goal with the NECC is to add to the explosive growth of esports by bringing together college esports athletes and to create a structured format to meet the need within NECC’s newly-form conference.”
ESTV is the first-ever dedicated 24/7 live linear esports channel in the United States. The channel, which launched in May of 2019, serves to meet the demand for round-the-clock esports coverage from an insiders’ perspective. ESTV’s exclusive media broadcast partners include the NFL Alumni Association, the Department of Defense’s Joint Base Lewis McChord, Esports College and Career Pathways, and World Pro Racing where ESTV activates and organizes various esports events and tournaments.
ESTV currently can be seen in more than 200 million homes nationwide.
“We are extremely excited to announce this partnership with ESTV,” said NECC Commissioner Jacob VanRyn. “Partnering with a linear tv partner with ESTV’s reputation and well-established position in the market will be tremendous for the NECC in its initial year of esports.”
ESTV is available on the following platforms: The Roku Channel, Amazon FireTV, Samsung TV Plus (channel 1357), TikiLIVE (channel 10), SimulTV, Dish Sling TV, Vizio Free Watch, Select TV, and Charter Spectrum Cable in certain local markets.
During the month of June, more than 1.5 million people tuned into ESTV and watched more than ten million minutes of the station’s programming.
“The ability to showcase our players and programs on a platform of this magnitude will be a tremendous asset for the NECC,” said VanRyn. “We’re truly excited to work with the ESTV family to help build the conference’s esports efforts.”
The partnership between ESTV and the NECC will include a number of other important components that will be announced over the upcoming weeks.
ESTV is the first-ever dedicated channel for esports and gaming personalities. ESTV was launched to meet a demand for round-the-clock coverage of esports athletes and gaming franchises from an insider perspective. ESTV can be found on the following OTT platforms and local channels: The Roku Channel, Amazon FireTV, Samsung TV Plus (channel 1357), TikiLIVE (channel 10), SimulTV, Dish Sling TV, Vizio Free Watch, Select TV, and Charter Spectrum Cable in certain local markets. ESTV partners with the world’s top gaming networks and production partners for the most robust esports content lineup on linear, online, and mobile. ESTV is an exclusive media broadcast partner of the Department of Defense Joint Base Lewis McChord and NFL Alumni esports events. For more information, please visit www.estv.co.
ABOUT NECC ESPORTS
The NECC announced its intention to sponsor esports in the fall of 2019. Recognizing the growing marketplace, the conference is committed to sponsoring esports in a manner that is similar to any of its other traditional sports. The NECC will begin play in the fall of 2020 and is planning on sponsoring regular season play and championships in a wide variety of titles.
ABOUT THE NECC
The NECC began competition in the 2008-09 academic year and current member institutions compete across 16 sports. The NECC membership focuses on providing athletic competition among institutions that share similar academic aspirations and are committed to the importance of the total educational experience for students engaged in sport. Bay Path University, Becker College, Eastern Nazarene College, Elms College, Lesley University, Mitchell College and New England College are the conference’s current members. For more information, please visit neccathletics.com.