Esports Showcase to be held at Becker College
Published on: December 6, 2019
The New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) will hold an Esports Showcase, in partnership with the Massachusetts Digital Game Institute (MassDiGI), on January 31, 2020, at Becker College.
The Showcase will feature panel discussions by industry leaders, as well as a question-and-answer session for those interested in learning more about this emerging landscape. The day will also feature a gaming showcase in which NECC members will compete to determine a conference champion.
“Becker is honored to host this exciting event along with the NECC,” said Timothy Loew, general manager of the Varsity Esports Program at Becker and Executive Director of MassDiGI. “Interest in collegiate esports is growing every day and we’re happy to share our experiences in this fast-moving space with others.”
The NECC, of which Becker College is a member, also announced that it will also begin sponsoring esports in the 2020-2021 academic year. Esports will be the conference’s sixteenth sport, and will feature a regular season schedule, as well as a championship in each of the different games the league will offer.
Becker boasts the first varsity esports program in New England, and was the first in the nation to offer a degree in Esports Management.
With this announcement, the NECC becomes the first NCAA Division III conference in New England, and third conference nationally, to offer esports. Esports is currently one of the fastest growing markets globally. The National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE) began in 2016 with six members, and has since grown to 128 members. Several current NECC institutions sponsor esports at either the varsity or club level, including Becker College.
The NECC Esports Showcase is free and open to everyone. For more details or to register to attend, please click here.
To read more about the announcement that the NECC will begin sponsoring esports, go to The Boston Business Journal.