NEW YORK, N.Y. — Collegiate Sports Management Group (CSMG) announced that it will host the first Collegiate Esports National Championship (CENC) on April 29 through May 2, 2021 at the Raleigh Convention Center in Raleigh, N.C.
The championship tournament will feature schools from CSMG partners including the
ECAS Esports, the National Junior College Athletic Association Esports (NJCAAE) and the High School Esports League (HSEL). After competing all semester, the qualifying teams will compete in Raleigh for a chance to be the new national champions.
CSMG chose Raleigh for the first national championships as the city has experience in hosting large scale Esports events, including the Rainbow Six event in 2019 and the East Coast Game Conference (ECGC) for the past 11 years.
“We are delighted to be hosting the Collegiate Esports National Championship here in Raleigh,” said Tori Collins, director of the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance and co-chair of the new Esports committee Greater Raleigh Esports Local Organizing Committee (GRELOC). “Our area has a long tradition of hosting successful collegiate championships in traditional sports. To be able to celebrate and showcase our globally recognized Esport ecosystem supported by local companies such as Epic Games, Ubisoft, Lenovo, Red Hat and others is a win-win for us. Our commitment to Esports player’s health and wellness remains paramount, and we along with our local partners are confident we can deliver a world-class event for everyone involved in 2021.”
CENC will include events highlighted by an NFLA competition featuring former NFL stars and a two-day HBCU Technology Career Fair. The first-of-its kind HBCU schools within the Raleigh region. This recruiting event will bring companies face-to-face with students seeking career opportunities in the technology industry. The GRELOC along with Subnation, a gaming lifestyle media platform, will develop and produce a fan festival to celebrate the culture of gaming and lifestyle of Esport.
“The Collegiate Esports National Championship will provide schools and colleges along the CSMG pipeline from high school to junior college to four-year colleges to compete under one roof for the first true Esport national championships,” said Neil Malvone EVP at CSMG. “This gathering of gamers of all ages will be the highlight of the 2020-2021 collegiate Esports season. Brands will be able to connect with the gaming community at our LAN event, through our linear partner, ESTV, and across multiple digital channels.”
More than 150 colleges are expected to compete during the regular season for the chance to be invited to CENC and be crowned college champions in their collegiate associations.