NECC Announces Working Partnership with the *gameHERS to Support and Provide Opportunities for Women, Femme-Identifying and Non-Binary Gamers

MANSFIELD, Mass. - The National Esports Collegiate Conference (NECC) is proud to announce it has agreed to a working partnership with The *gameHERS. The *gameHERS is a women-led community dedicated to amplifying and centering the voices of women, femme-identifying gamers and non-binary gamers who are comfortable in spaces that center women. 

The partnership between the NECC and The *gameHERS will provide an opportunity for the two companies to collaborate in a number of different areas throughout a variety of platforms. One of the target focuses for the NECC in this partnership will be to continue promoting a safe and inclusive environment for all players competing in the NECC.

“We are delighted to partner with the NECC as we expand the *gameHERs into the collegiate space,” said Rebecca Brock Dixon, co-founder and CEO. “Since our inception in March of 2020, we’ve been working hard to appeal to college students, and the dedication shown by the NECC to provide safe and positive and safe gaming experiences is absolutely aligned with the*gameHERs mission.”

“We’re really excited to partner with the *gameHERS,” said NECC Commissioner Jacob VanRyn. “Since we began our efforts at the NECC, it has always been a hallmark of what we do to provide positive and safe gaming experiences for all players. Working with an industry leader in this space like the *gameHERS will only help us stand true to that mission. We’re looking forward to collaborating with this great organization further to continue to promote the importance of women and those that identify as women in the gaming community.”

While gamers who identify as women represent a large portion of those that game competitively, women gamers are rarely represented, heard, and or recognized. This partnership between the *gameHERS and the NECC will work towards changing that narrative.

The NECC is proud to have a significant number of women and those that identify as women competing in the conference. The conference also has a number of women on their leadership team. Each year, the *gameHERS hold an awards show recognizing and spotlighting people and companies committed to supporting women, femme-identifying and non-binary gamers. The NECC has been nominated for the Belong Most Inclusive Org award, and a member of the conference's leadership team - Caroline Shaw - was nominated for a Rising Star award. 

The NECC recently surpassed 150 schools within its membership. The conference’s fall semester is scheduled to begin in mid-September and the conference will be offering semester-long competition across five titles: League of Legends, Overwatch, Rainbow Six Siege, Rocket League, and Valorant. Once again this year, the conference will be streaming its game play five nights per week (Monday through Friday) during the fall and spring semesters. More than eight million people watched NECC action during the 2020-21 academic year. 

The *gameHERS is a sexist-free space for the casual players, the hardcore gamers, the techies, the streamers, the designers, the cosplayers, the developers, and programmers. Our mission is to advance the role, voice, image, and power of all the *gameHERs in the gaming world. We welcome all humans who value this mission. For more information, please visit their website at

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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