NECC Named Partner Conference by Riot Games, Will have College League of Legends Access Beginning in 2022

The National Esports Collegiate Conference (NECC) was recently named a 'partner conference' by Riot Games. The distinction will provide for NECC member institutions to earn a spot in next spring's College League of Legends Championship (CLoL) in 2022.

For more information on the upcoming CLoL Season, please see below. More details on how the NECC will award its representative to CLoL will be forthcoming shortly.

"We appreciate Riot's support in this effort," said NECC Commissioner Jacob VanRyn. "Since we've began, they (Riot) have been extremely supportive of everything that we've done, and today's announcement is another example of that."

CLoL Season Overview (courtesy of Riot) 

With the Fall Warmup approaching playoffs, it’s time to talk about the 2022 College LoL Season in more detail. We’ve previously mentioned that 2022 is going to be light on changes as we prepare for big changes in 2023, so this will be a shorter change than usual. Here’s what’s returning from the 2021 Season:

  • Four regional conferences (North, South, East, and West) competing in a six-week Swiss Format regular season, with 6-0 and 5-1 teams advancing to the playoffs
  • A group of Partner Conferences competing in their own season formats; with all 11 conferences returning from 2021 and several new conferences joining the fold
  • Conference playoffs and championships that advance schools into the College Championship
  • A 32-school College Championship bracket, with teams qualifying from conference playoffs or selection by the College Championship Selection Committee
  • Scholarship prizes for the top 16 Championship schools, awarded directly to players and student staff
  • An 8-school College Championship finals event to crown the best school in North America
  • The Teemo Cup, a consolation tournament that lets teams who missed their conference playoffs keep competing, with RP prizes on the line
  • Full champion unlocks for all participating players for the duration of the season

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