Signature collegiate esports competition and 2018-19 season-ending Grand Finals to be hosted in Atlantic City at historic Boardwalk Hall
Hundreds of colleges and universities competing to qualify for three-day tournament
Collegiate Starleague (CSL) announced today that the 2019 North American Collegiate Grand Finals will be hosted in Atlantic City, NJ at the historic Boardwalk Hall. The season-culminating event will be held from April 26-28, 2019 and will feature hundreds of the very best collegiate esports teams and players from the United States and Canada competing for more than $100,000 in scholarships. Featured partners and sponsors for the 2019 CSL Grand Finals include: Twitch Student, GameStop, Capcom, 2K Sports, and IN Game.
Individual and team titles will be awarded across the breadth of CSL collegiate leagues, including NBA2K, Street Fighter 5, Dota 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, League of Legends Junior Varsity League as well as invitational and showcase events for Super Smash Bros Melee & Smash Ultimate, Apex Legends and Fortnite. More than 52,000 students from over 1,600 university and college campuses in the United States and Canada have registered and competed in CSL leagues and tournaments. The Grand Finals being held in Atlantic City this April follow CSL’s tradition of rotating the location of its premier event to top North America esports cities including LA (2018), Toronto (2017), Austin (2016), San Francisco (2015) and Anaheim (2014). Weekend passes and individual day tickets to the 2019 North American Collegiate Grand Finals are available as of today at CStarleague.com on a limited basis.
“Atlantic City will be a great host city for Collegiate Starleague’s 2019 Grand Finals where we’ll be awarding more than $100,000 in scholarships to the top collegiate gamers and teams from across the US and Canada university and college network,” said Wim Stocks, CEO & General Manager, Collegiate Starleague and WorldGaming Network. “This year’s event will be our biggest to date, with more teams, more competitors, more games and more reasons to attend. The event will also showcase a speaker series on the business of esports, a meet and greet with key esports and sports celebrity personalities, as well as a festival with music, food and incredible entertainment. ”
CSL also confirmed that Twitch, through the Twitch Student program, will be the exclusive live streaming and distribution partner for the Grand Finals and all playoff matches. “The vision of the Twitch Student program is to build, empower and support an inclusive, diverse and collaborative collegiate gaming community,” said Mark ‘Garvey’ Candella, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Twitch. “We want to foster and instill confidence in the community to help bring voices to the forefront of the industry we all love so much. The team at Collegiate StarLeague share our passion and vision and we couldn’t be more excited to partner with them.”
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