Ten major collegiate conferences are set in May to compete in a massive Fortnite tournament series hosted by sports and entertainment company Van Wagner and the independent Gaming Community Network.
Announced as the “most-comprehensive, large-scale national esports tournaments to reach the collegiate marketplace including fans and players” the series will feature teams battling it out on the conference level before winners advance to the national tournament, which features prizes and scholarships.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for students at Big West Conference institutions to participate and compete in esports against institutions and conferences across the country,” said Commissioner Dan Butterly.
Aside from the Big West, those competing will include the America East Conference, Colonial Athletic Association, Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, Southland Conference, Sun Belt Conference, West Coast Conference, Western Athletic Conference and the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association.
Van Wagner and GCN say any of the 1.4 million students from those schools can form teams and register by April 21 to have a chance to go head-to-head against others from within their individual conference. The top two teams will advance. Van Wagner is broadcasting live all national tournament matches – and its feed will go to more than 85 other esports-related websites and even team and conference sites, if asked, to maximize exposure.
“We are forging a new era for college students, and we’re building an engaging and exciting event for brands to showcase their value to a captive audience,” said Chris Kindt, Chief Marketing Officer of GCN.
The two partners also plan to carry through this visionary series to the fall and winter months as well as into 2022.