MANSFIELD, Ma. - The National Esports Collegiate Conference (NECC) and College EsportsX (CEX) are excited to announce a new partnership with a joint initiative designed to help foster the growth and sustainability of the collegiate esports ecosystem called Esports Innovation.
Esports Innovation is a program designed to address collegiate esports industry challenges related to the economic downturn, job market instability, and the need for more infrastructure.
"We are excited to announce a partnership between the National Esports Collegiate Conference (NECC) and the College Esports Expo parent company College EsportsX to launch the Esports Innovation Program (EIP)," said Kevin Mitchell, the Founder and CEO of College EsportsX.
The Innovation initiatives encompass programs related to experiential learning, workforce training, curriculum development, collegiate program support, esports start-up incubation, and competitive Innovation.
This program will officially kickoff on March 22, 2023 at the College Esports Expo 2023 in Boston during Pax East Week. This joint initiative aims to support the growth and sustainability of the collegiate esports ecosystem by addressing industry challenges in the post-pandemic period, including program uncertainty, economic downturn, and job market instability.
"We're excited to collaborate with CEX to continue to foster the development and positive growth within the collegiate landscape," said NECC Commissioner Jacob VanRyn. "For the space to continue to be a successful and positive one for the development of the community, we need to work to continue to provide transformative learning experiences and opportunities for our student-athletes."
Through experiential learning opportunities, curriculum development, collegiate program support, esports start-up incubation, and competitive innovation, the EIP will help foster a thriving esports environment for NECC students," continued Mitchell.
For more information about the upcoming College Esports Expo, please click here.
ABOUT THE NECC
The NECC has sponsored both regular season competition and championships across a wide variety of popular titles since 2020. With more than 300 colleges and universities currently competing, the NECC strives to be a positive home for the collegiate gaming community.
The NECC fosters innovative competition experiences, provides quality broadcasting services, and works to support an inclusive community within collegiate esports. The NECC was started as a way to provide the collegiate gaming community with the respect it warranted and deserved. The conference prides itself on responding to the needs of its schools, directors, coaches, and most importantly - its players.