ESPN has announced the formation of the College Esports Championship in a press release this Tuesday.
According to the statement, CEC will feature esports teams from hundreds of colleges across North America. Colleges will compete in online qualifiers with the top teams qualifying for offline finals.
Houston will host the first CEC LAN finals on May 10-12 during the Comicpalooza event at the George R. Brown Convention Center. The winners of the first competition will receive scholarships, ESPN has said.
“As universities continue to grow their esports programs at the varsity, non-varsity and club levels, we’re proud to be providing a platform for national exposure and recognition of some of the most talented players in the collegiate space,” said John Lasker, vice president of digital media programming for ESPN.
Multiple games will feature in the CEC; Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm, Overwatch, StarCraft II and Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition are all scheduled to appear.
Collegiate esports have seen an increase in participation recently with esports societies being created at colleges and universities across the world, including the UK. The University Esports Masters, held in July, saw varsity teams from all over Europe compete in League of Legends.