The National Esports Collegiate Conference (NECC) was named Tournament Organiser of the Year at the first-ever Scholars Awards, which was held Tuesday night at the Resorts World Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The award was selected following an online vote and was announced at the event which recognized excellence in the collegiate esports space. It was one of nearly 20 awards that was handed out during the event.
"We're obviously extremely honored to have been selected for this prestigious award," said NECC Commissioner / CEO Jacob VanRyn. "The fact it was selected following an online vote of the collegiate community certainly makes it that much more special."
A number of NECC member institutions, directors, and partners were also honored at the inaugural awards ceremony:
Institution of the Year - Boise State
Team of the Year - Northwood Valorant
Club of the Year - Niner Esports
LAN of the Year - CECC Texas 2023 by EsportsU
Director of the Year - Jesse Bodony, Pace University
Global Impact on Collegiate Gaming - Daniel Clerke, Maryville
Both VanRyn and NECC Esports Director Caleb Glube attended the event Tuesday night. The NECC was also a finalist in the Conference of the Year category.
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.