COLLEGIATE ESPORTS RETURN TO IN-PERSON CHAMPIONSHIP EVENTS WITH NACE STARLEAGUE GRAND FINALS HOSTED BY VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY
Berwyn, Pa. (November 8, 2022) – Playfly Esports, alongside host Villanova University, today announced its plans for NACE Starleague’s Fall Grand Finals, set to take place live in-person at Nerd Street Localhost Philadelphia “The Block” on December 3 and 4. The two-day competition marks the official return of in-person esports competition for the league and will feature 14 teams from colleges and universities across the U.S. and Canada.
Seven major titles will also be broadcast on the NACE Starleague Twitch channel including CS:GO, Call of Duty: Vanguard, Rocket League, Overwatch 2, Super Smash Bros Ultimate, Rainbow Six Siege, and League of Legends.
“There is nothing more energizing than getting the opportunity to return to in-person events with NACE Starleague,” said Rob Johnson, CEO, Playfly Esports. “With support and help from Villanova University, NACE’s cornerstone event of the season will be better than ever as we continue to celebrate growth in participation year over year. Villanova and The Block have been incredible partners of Playfly and NACE Starleague and we look forward to the thrill and excitement that will come with opening doors for esports fans to enjoy collegiate competition live once again.”
“We’re honored for the opportunity,” said Villanova’s Vice President and Director of Athletics, Mark Jackson. “The return to in person events marks an integral turning point for the collegiate esports community as a whole. Our students couldn’t be more excited to participate in the event’s execution and to accrue some meaningful industry experience.”
Attendance for all fans and spectators will be free across both days of competition. The Block is located at 401 N Broad Street in Philadelphia.
NACE Starleague, the largest collegiate esports league in North America, has continued its upward trajectory with another semester of record-breaking participation. The current fall season saw over 12,500 students participating from nearly 650 colleges and universities. That number includes nearly 4,000 total teams, nearly doubling the number of teams who participated in the spring of 2022 (1,894).
Among participating schools are some of the biggest names in collegiate athletics, including University of Wisconsin-Madison’s (UW), Louisiana State University (LSU), University of Southern California (USC), Michigan State University (MSU), University of North Carolina (UNC), and University of Maryland (UMD), Boise State University (BSU), University of Kansas (KU), Duke, Indiana University, Ohio State University, Kentucky, Miami University, Virginia Tech.
About Playfly Esports
Playfly Esports is helping to reshape how entertainment is consumed by younger generations with new methodologies for advertisers that connect their brands with all gaming fans. We deliver scalable, media solutions that can directly place sponsors into the spotlight of the fastest-growing industry on the market, while monetizing custom built events capable of adapting to the consistently, all consuming streaming-based content sector of digital entertainment. Following the success of the first-year college league, NACE Starleague, Playfly Esports has turned its focus towards new business lines around the high school, amateur, and professional esports categories.
The National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE) is a nonprofit membership association organized by and on behalf of member institutions and is the largest association of college esports in North America. Together, NACE members are developing the structure and tools needed to advance collegiate esports in the varsity space. NACE colleges and universities collaborate to lay the groundwork in areas such as: eligibility, path to graduation, competition and scholarships. NACE represents the majority of varsity programs across North America.