NECC Announces Winter Invitational Valorant Tournament Presented by Samsung SSD

NECC's New Partnership with Samsung SSD Kicks off with Winter Invitational Valorant Tournament featuring a Prize Pool of over $3,500

The National Esports Collegiate Conference (NECC) announced that it will be hosting it's first-ever Winter Invitational Valorant Tournament today. The Tournament is a result of the conference's new partnership with Samsung SSD. It will feature a prize pool of $3,500 in cash, as well as other prizes thanks to the partnership with Samsung SSD. 

The Winter Invitational will run from Friday, February 25th through Sunday, February 27th. 

To register for the tournament, please click here for the registration link

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 980 Pro, as well as other Samsung SSD merchandise. The runner-up team will win $1,000.

Get read speeds up to 7,000 MB/s¹ with the Samsung 980 PRO and push the limits of what SSDs can do. Powered by a new in-house controller designed to harmonize the flash memory components and the interface for superior speed – with a PCIe 4.0² interface that’s 2x faster than PCIe 3.0 SSDs³ and 12x faster than Samsung SATA SSDs⁴ – every component of this NVMe SSD is manufactured by Samsung for performance that lasts.

"We're extremely excited to begin this relationship with Samsung SSD," said Jacob VanRyn, NECC Commissioner. "Our friends at Samsung have been tremendous to work with, and we're excited to introduce this event to our community. This is the first event we're announcing as part of the partnership with Samsung SSD, but it won't be the last. We hope that our Valorant players are excited about the opportunity to compete in this event."

The Winter Invitational presented by Samsung SSD will feature a single elimination tournament with all matches being best of three. The NECC will be releasing the official tournament rulebook shortly. 

The NECC Winter Invitational presented by Samsung SSD will be a single-elimination tournament with preliminary round play on Friday, February 25 and Saturday, February 26. The Semifinals and Championship will take place on Sunday, February 27. All game times will be announced upon completion of registration. 

Registration is open now and will run through mid-February.

For more information, please contact either Jacob VanRyn ( or Caleb Glube (

The NECC began sponsoring esports in the fall of 2020. The NECC is currently sponsoring both regular season competition and championships across a wide variety of titles. The conference aims to serve the gaming community with respect and is a safe and inclusive environment. With more than 150 colleges and universities currently competing in the conference, the NECC is proud to be a positive home for the collegiate gaming community. 

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