ESPN is launching the first-ever Collegiate Esports Championship (CEC) series set to stream globally across multiple platforms from Houston in May.
Tespa and Collegiate StarLeague (CSL) will host hundreds of schools from across the nation who will compete for scholarship prizes as well as the title of CEC champion..
ESPN Events will produce the LAN (local area network) semifinals and championship games from the George R Brown Convention Center during the Comicpalooza weekend May 10-12.
“As universities continue to grow their esports programs at the varsity, non-varsity and club levels, we’re proud to be providing a platform for national exposure and recognition of some of the most talented players in the collegiate space,” said John Lasker, vice president of Digital Media Programming for ESPN. “Through our collaboration with top publishers in the industry, players will be able to showcase their talent in high-level competition on some of the most prominent esports titles.”
Features games include: Overwatch, Street Fighter™ V: Arcade Edition, Hearthstone, StarCraft II and Heroes of the Storm, with more to be potentially announced along the way. The CEC will become the only esports collegiate championship for Overwatch, a game that has been a cornerstone in building the popularity of esports..
“We are excited to launch this event with an outstanding lineup of games in a world-class city like Houston.” said Clint Overby, vice president of ESPN Events. “The esports landscape is a growing and dynamic space, and will fit nicely into our lineup of ESPN-owned events.”