N3rd Street Gamers Announces National Championship Series of Esports

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Launching in January 2019, The National Championship Series (NCS) is an in-person competitive video game tournament and training series, held in over 10 US cities.

N3rd Street Gamers (NSG) today unveiled The National Championship Series, a nationwide series of in-person esports competitions. Backed by Comcast Spectacor and SeventySix Capital, N3rd Street Gamers is an esports network focused on serving semi-professional and developing competitive gamers.

The National Championship Series provides a platform for any esports players to compete on an even playing field, build and refine their skills, and showcase their talent to colleges and professional team organizations. Hundreds of tournaments and weekly training events held throughout the country under the NCS umbrella will offer an unprecedented scale of access to in-person competitive gaming opportunities. With full access to high-quality gaming equipment, competitors will experience a standardized and even playing field for affordable tournament entry fees.

The inaugural 2019 season of the NCS will feature grand finals for Valve’s 5-on-5 competitive video game Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO). The season will also feature regional tournaments and training events across multiple game titles including Blizzard Entertainment’s Overwatch, Hearthstone, and StarCraft II; Activision’s Call of Duty; Epic’s Fortnite; Bluehole’s PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG); and multiple Fighting and Sports Games titles.

The Grand Finals of the National Championship Series will be held at Localhost Arena in Denver, Colorado in December 2019 for a $50,000 prize pot per game.

“Placement in the NCS Grand Finals holds a lot of prestige,” remarks John Fazio, Founder and CEO of N3rd Street Gamers. “Not only is the prize pool much larger, but the opportunity for anyone to show off their talent in front of tens of thousands of people is unparalleled. Players can enter at the Academy Tier at a very low cost. If they’re good enough, they can win their way all the way to the finals to be seen in front of the entire country.”

NCS 2019 competitions will be held at NSG’s Localhost Arenas, universities, casinos, and partner esports facilities in Philadelphia, Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Arlington, Chicago, Boston, Washington DC, Kansas City and more.

The NCS takes the form of four tiers: Academy, Minor, Major, and The Grand Finals. Players of all skill levels may attend Academy events, which offer free or low-cost competition, in order to earn NCS points, develop skills, win small prizes, and build community relationships. NCS points can be accrued through frequency of attendance and from the outcome of their competitions to provide players the opportunity to earn free entry into (and sometimes travel to) the larger Minors and Majors tournaments.

Minors and Majors provide cash prize tournament opportunities for players to showcase their talent at local and regional levels. Winning Minors and Majors tournaments provide even more NCS points and an opportunity to win free entry and travel into the NCS Grand Finals in December.

N3rd Street Gamers is an esports network headquartered in Philadelphia, PA that focuses on serving semi-professional and developing competitive gamers. Founded in 2009 by entrepreneur John Fazio in the Jarvus Innovations Incubator, N3rd Street Gamers promotes greater access to the esports industry by increasing the amount of in-person competitions run on high quality equipment at affordable prices. What started as impromptu LAN parties in a software engineering office quickly developed into a support system and home for some of the East Coast’s largest gaming communities. In 2018, NSG tied together dozens of esports communities in Philadelphia, Chicago, & DC under a unified regional framework called the NSG Eastern Conference Championship. Given the success of the circuit, NSG has launched the National Championship Series to provide the same quality gaming tournaments to more than 10 cities nationwide. Early backing came from SeventySix Capital, a premier sports tech venture capital firm led by World Series Champion Ryan Howard. Comcast Spectacor, owner of a portfolio of professional sports teams including the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers and the Overwatch League’s Philadelphia Fusion, strategically invested in NSG in 2018 to fuel national growth. Through the support of these partnerships, N3rd Street Gamers is laying a national framework for esports talent development.

Learn more about N3rd Street Gamers from their website: http://www.nsg.gg.

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