NECC Announces Samsung SSD Fall Open Valorant Tournament Series

The National Esports Collegiate Conference (NECC) released information about its upcoming Samsung SSD Fall Open Valorant Tournament Series. 

The ‘Fall Open’ Valorant Tournament is being presented by Samsung SSD in conjunction with Collegiate Valorant Hub (CVH) and is a series of two qualifying events leading to the championship. 

The Samsung SSD ‘Fall Open’ Champion will be crowned at DreamHack Atlanta, which will take place December 15-17 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.  

The Samsung SSD Fall Open will include a series of events, including two qualifying tournaments and the teams that qualify during the first two events will earn a trip to compete live at DreamHack Atlanta later this semester.

Qualifier No. 1 is scheduled to take place September 23-24, while Qualifier No. 2 will be held September 30-October 1. 

To register to compete in Qualifier No. 1, click here
To register to compete in Qualifier No. 2, please click here

There is no charge for any team to compete and each event is open to all teams representing a college or university in North America. Schools may register more than one team per program but players may only compete for one team in the event.

“We are excited to partner with Samsung SSD and CVH to bring you the Samsung DreamHack Invitational,” said Mitch Gilchrist, Game Operations Director at the NECC. “This Valorant Tournament will have two qualifier tournament events where the top four teams qualify for finals. The finals will be held at DreamHack Atlanta at the end of this year. We’re very excited to partner up with Samsung SSD and CVH again to bring you this tournament.”

The championship-winning team will receive $2,500, and all championship-winning players will receive a Samsung SSD prize pack that includes a Samsung Solid State Drive 990 PRO. 

The runner-up team will win $1,000.

"We're extremely excited to announce our Fall Open Valorant Tournament," said NECC CEO Jacob VanRyn. "This event would not be possible without the support from our friends at Samsung SSD. The fact that we’ll be crowning our champion at Dreamhack Atlanta later this semester just makes it that much more special to be able to bring to our community. I’m extremely confident our Valorant players will be excited to participate in this series of events.”

The Fall Open will feature a single elimination tournament with all matches being best of three. The NECC will be releasing the official tournament rulebook shortly. 

Registration for the series is now open and will run through September 19th. For more information on the Open, please contact either Jacob VanRyn ( or Mitch Gilchrist (

Samsung SSD Fall Open Valorant Championship Tournament

September 23-24: Fall Open Qualifier No. 1 | Registration
September 30-October 1: Fall Open Qualifier No. 2 | Registration
December 15-17: Fall Open Championship (at DreamHack Atlanta) 

Offering blazing-fast speeds and ultimate power efficiency, Samsung 990 PRO series is optimized for massive data volumes, such as 3D/4K graphics work, data analytics and high-quality games, making it the ideal SSD for today’s PCs, laptops, game consoles and computing systems. The 990 PRO series features Samsung eighth-generation V-NAND technology and nearly the highest speed currently available from the PCIe 4.0 interface2, with sequential read speeds of up to 7,450 megabytes-per-second (MB/s) and write speeds of up to 6,900MB/s.

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.

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