The First Ever North American Collegiate E-Sports Convention is Taking Collegiate Gaming to a Whole New Level

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The National Collegiate e-Sports Association (NCeSPA) is hosting the first North American Collegiate e-Sports Convention at the Ritchie Coliseum at the University of Maryland, on Saturday July 25th 2015.

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Competitive video game playing has been steadily increasing in popularity over the last several years. Popular platform games such as Call of Duty and Madden have seen millions of competitors battle to be crowned the best in the world. Many computer titles have also made the leap beyond casual, friendly gameplay. Not only do friends compete amongst themselves in games such as League of Legends and Counterstrike, but an abundance of local and regional tournaments have appeared as well, offering cash prizes to those who manage to outmaneuver every opponent.

The National Collegiate e-Sports Association (NCeSPA) is dedicated to providing competitive atmospheres for college students to display their skills in games such as League of Legends, CounterStrike, and Super Smash Brothers. The goal of the NCeSPA is to continuously push the boundaries of collegiate gaming to levels that have never been seen before. In order to achieve this goal, they are hosting the first ever North American Collegiate e-Sports Convention at the Ritchie Coliseum at the University of Maryland, College Park on Saturday July 25th, 2015. This convention marks an exciting moment in collegiate gaming, as the top teams in various games will come together to battle live for glory, bragging rights, and cash prizes. The NCeSPA hopes that this convention will become an annual gathering of the best gamers and e-sports clubs across the nation, and a spectacular first convention will help achieve that goal.

The North American Collegiate e-Sports Convention will feature some of the best talent in video gaming. The event will be held from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm, offering an entire day of amazing gaming for competitors and spectators alike. The main attractions at the convention will consist of two live league grand final events. The first event is the League of Legends grand final. League of Legends is a very popular online multiplayer game in which players assume control over various champions possessing unique skills and abilities and attempt to destroy the enemy base. Since its release in 2009, League of Legends has continued to grow in popularity and is now one of the most-played computer games in existence. At the convention, the top two League of Legends teams during the league season will compete live to be crowned the best collegiate team in North America. Another grand final event will be held in which the top two Counter-Strike Global Offensive teams will battle to be the last team standing. CS:GO is the fourth installment in the online first-person shooter series Counter-Strike. Teams complete various objectives, such as eliminating the enemy team, planting explosives, or rescuing hostages. Both of these league finals are sure to be exciting. Fellow gamers can expect to see intricate strategies and teamwork that they may have never seen before. Not only will these league finals be interesting, but they can be used by spectators as learning tools as well.

Although the main attractions at the North American Collegiate e-Sports Convention are the two league finals, various other tournaments will be held as well. These tournaments are open to the public, and are not restricted to collegiate gamers. The extremely popular Super Smash Brothers series will be on display with melee singles and doubles tournaments. Eight places will be payed out, with the winner taking home 40% of the entire prize pool!In addition, a Counter-Strike: Global Offensive bring a computer draft event will be held as well. Two more BYOC tournaments will be held with large cash rewards. An eight-team BYOC League of Legends event will be hosted. The double-elimination tournament will feature a top prize of $1,000, making it a lucrative opportunity for avid League of Legends players. The most rewarding of the non-league tournaments will be a sixteen-team CS:GO BYOC event. This is another double elimination tournament. The $3,000 total prize pool for this event will reward the top CS:GO team with a massive $2,000 cash prize. For more information about the various BYOC and draft events being held throughout the convention and to register for these tournaments, visit In addition to these exciting tournaments, the convention will play host to many non-competitive activities as well. A LCS viewing party and open LAN center will be available to spectators. Various vendors will be at the event, and the NCeSPA will be hosting many raffles and giveaways to make the convention even more exciting for those who are not competing.

The NCeSPA is dedicated to growing the world of collegiate gaming. In order to ensure that the absolute best talent competes at the North American Collegiate e-Sports Convention, they are paying for the top League of Legends teams and the top Counter-Strike: Global Offensive teams from their league competitions to travel to College Park, Maryland from all around the United States. These teams have competed all season to position themselves at the top of the leaderboard, and have certainly earned the honor of competing at the North American Collegiate e-Sports Convention. Although badge sales and sponsorships cover a portion of this cost, the NCeSPA is footing the majority of the bill. They are asking that anyone who wishes to join them in their mission to push the envelope of collegiate gaming donate to help defray the costs of bringing together their league finalists. Exciting incentives are being offered to those who donate, including wristbands, draw-string bags, and exclusive NCeSPA t-shirts! Donations can be made at For more information about the North American Collegiate e-Sports Convention, visit For those who wish to help, but can’t afford to donate, just spreading the word about the convention helps tremendously. The North American e-Sports Convention can be found on Facebook and Twitter at and respectively, so don’t miss a chance to help bring together the best collegiate gamers in the country!

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