Esports Discovery Series, “Intel Inspires” to Showcase Young Talent, Awards $150,000 in Academic Scholarships

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Collegiate Esports Event Platform, and Intel Partner to Spotlight Rising Esports Stars, Tackle the Industry’s Discovery Problem and Launch Professional Careers in Gaming

Intel Inspires

“While thriving for years, an aggressive talent discovery program is critical to supporting esports’ growth and development,” said Sumit Gupta, CEO of AVGL’s parent company,

Today, collegiate esports event platform,, and Intel launch “Intel Inspires,” a two-month esports discovery showcase that will pair collegiate programs with aspiring, regional talent. Beginning August 28, 2020, registration will welcome players of competitive gaming titles to participate in regular, often-weekly qualifying events.

With no player-count limits, competitors are welcome to register for every qualifier as their top performance will be aggregated, and ranked. The top 100 performers from each title will be invited to participate in a combine-like showcase that will feature hundreds of recruits from top colleges, universities, and esports organizations. Attending scouts are encouraged to identify talent and extend try-out invitations with the hopes of pairing qualified, regionally-available players with local programs. All 300 combine-qualified players will also be eligible to apply for $150,000 in academic scholarships.

“While thriving for years, an aggressive talent discovery program is critical to supporting esports’ growth and development,” said Sumit Gupta, CEO of AVGL’s parent company, “College programs, many still in early development, not only require young talent to participate but are further restricted by the geographical limitations of their campus. Intel Inspires will democratize access to esports by celebrating the country’s best, regional players.”

Regardless of skill level or season advancement, enthusiastic gamers from all three competitive titles are encouraged to participate. Full program details and qualification criteria are available on the program’s page: Ultimately, “Intel Inspires” hopes to pair qualified gamers with hundreds of established collegiate programs for tryout and direct team consideration.

“With Intel Inspires we’re able to create opportunities for aspiring competitive gamers to be discovered and rewarded for their skills and attributes by colleges and universities around the country,” said Marcus Kennedy, general manager of Intel's Gaming & eSports Segment. “Intel has been dedicated to supporting gamers and esports for over fifteen years, and there’s no better way to do that than igniting the esports careers of tomorrow.”

Players who qualify for the series-finale combine will also be invited to apply for $150,000 in scholarships. Administered by Scholarship America, candidates will be graded on academic qualifications and career pursuits, which will be explained in a required two-minute video essay. Collegiate recruits attending the main event combine may also independently extend their own academic scholarship. Additional scholarship details will be available as we approach the series’ conclusion.

According to Mark Chang, director of Intel’s Gaming and eSports segment marketing, “When it comes to esports, the community comes first and we always start with how we can make a difference and add value to players. Intel Inspires is meant to give players a realistic goal to play for, as well as help players get into college with scholarships.”

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Esports entertainment platform, empowers the growing, yet underserved community of content creators, academic programs, and city leagues to organize and broadcast gaming competitions. As the home of the hyper-popular pro-am series “Code Red,” the company has opened its marquee production features and tools to the public and is aggressively applying $10M in recent Series A funding to democratizing video game competitions by helping smaller organizations produce big events. is headquartered in San Mateo, California, hosts a growing team of 24 employees, and is led by CEO Sumit Gupta.

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