NECC Announces Strategic Partnership with efuse to Provide More Opportunities for Collegiate Esports Community

efuse and the NECC have joined forces to offer competitive collegiate esports players more opportunities than ever before

In a significant development for collegiate esports, efuse, a leading esports and competitive gaming platform, is thrilled to announce a strategic partnership with the National Esports Collegiate Conference (NECC), one of the premier organizations in North American collegiate esports. This partnership aims to unify the strengths of both entities to deliver enhanced competitive experiences and opportunities in collegiate esports.

The NECC, a positive and safe home for collegiate gaming, renowned for its expertise in organizing elite-level gaming competitions for universities, works with 500 colleges and universities. efuse, on the other hand, brings to the table its powerful intellectual property (IP), including the College Carball Association (CCA) and College CoD League (CCL), along with its robust marketing and community engagement platforms.

This partnership marks a new chapter in collegiate esports, promising exciting developments and enhanced experiences for participants and audiences alike. Together, the two organizations represent over 800 unique teams, 500 universities, and 20,000 competitors - making it the largest collegiate esports operator in North America.

Partnership Dynamics:

This partnership aims to elevate the collegiate esports landscape for players, directors, and coaches by leveraging the strengths of NECC and efuse. Together, they seek to set new standards within collegiate esports, driving heightened registration, revenue, and media coverage, thereby raising the bar for collegiate esports competitions.

  • CCA & CCL Integration
    Under the partnership, the NECC will license the CCA and CCL IPs from efuse. The CCA, focusing on Rocket League, and CCL, centered around Call of Duty, will be included in the NECC’s offerings. Three members of the efuse staff will transition to full-time roles within the NECC to support these efforts.
  • Operational Framework
    The NECC will handle the operational aspects of the competitions and broadcasts. efuse will enhance the leagues' visibility and engagement through strategic marketing efforts and community support, including access to dedicated Discord channels and social promotion. 
  • Support and Sponsorship
    efuse will work to leverage its industry connections to secure publisher support, which includes prize coverage and promotional activities. Furthermore, efuse will spearhead the sponsorship acquisition efforts, sharing revenue with the NECC.

Executive Statements:

  • Matthew Benson, CEO of efuse: "Our vision has always been to elevate collegiate esports and change lives through gaming. By combining NECC's operational excellence with efuse's IP and support, we are poised to offer unprecedented opportunities to collegiate athletes and fans across North America."
  • Jacob VanRyn, Commissioner / CEO of the NECC: "Aligning with efuse allows us to expand our reach and significantly improve and enhance our competitive offerings for our NECC community. eFuse’s resources and expertise in community engagement and sponsorships will contribute to the continued growth of the NECC."

About efuse:
Founded in 2018 and based in Columbus, OH, efuse is a tech company that creates software to help organize and broadcast gaming events. In 2023, the company hosted 500 online gaming events, distributed over $2 million in prizes, and worked with top brands to deliver iconic gaming moments. efuse provides a complete online platform for brands to reach and interact with gamers of all levels. Our mission is to create a world where any person can change their life through gaming. Learn more about efuse at:

About NECC
The NECC fosters innovative competition experiences, provides quality broadcasting services, and works to support an inclusive community within collegiate esports. The NECC was started 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.

With more than 500 colleges and universities currently competing, the NECC strives to be a positive home for the collegiate gaming community.

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