MANSFIELD, Mass.- The New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) is pleased to unveil its upcoming ESports Showcase schedule and panelists. The ESports Showcase, in partnership with the Massachusetts Digital Game Institute (MassDiGi), Genji Esports and Redbull, will be held on January 31.
The Showcase will take place at Becker College, who boasts the first varsity esports program in New England, and was the first in the nation to offer a degree in ESports Management.
"Becker is honored to host this exciting event along with the NECC," said Timothy Loew, general manager of the Varsity Esports Program at Becker. "Interest in collegiate esports is growing every day and we're happy to share our experiences in this fast-moving space with others."
Loew and Becker President Dr. Nancy Crimmin will be on hand, serving as panelists in a discussion on esports at the collegiate level. The Showcase will also feature several additional panel discussions, as well as a question and answer session for those interested in learning more about this emerging landscape.
ESports student-athletes will be on hand to lead a panel on the life of the esports student-athlete, as well as compete in Super Smash Bros., League of Legends and Overwatch. The NECC will then crown conference champions, followed by a reception to end the evening.
The event is free, and all are encouraged to attend to discover more about this new and developing NECC conference sport. NECC Commissioner Jacob VanRyn is looking forward to educating attendees on the positive impacts esports can have on a collegiate campus.
"We are extremely excited about our first-ever NECC Esports Showcase. I’m hoping that everyone who attends will take something away from it - whether you’re thinking about starting an esports program on campus or are there to learn more about the industry as a whole, we’re excited about the panel discussions, hearing from industry leaders, and we’re excited to spotlight some of our gamers. I think it’s going to be a great event."
ABOUT THE NECC
The NECC began competition in the 2008-09 academic year and current member institutions compete across 15 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 sports. Current members include Bay Path University, Becker College, Dean College, Eastern Nazarene College, Elms College, Lesley University, Mitchell College and New England College.
MassDigi is a statewide center for academic cooperation, entrepreneurship and economic development across the Massachusetts digital and video games ecosystem. Established in 2011, MassDiGI is the result of creative collaboration among academia, state government and industry, aimed at fostering the growth of the innovation economy in Massachusetts.
ABOUT GENJI ESPORTS
Team Genji is a premier competitive esports organization which began competing in 2016. Today, Team Genji fields world-class rosters across many of today’s most popular esports.