NECC to Support the Missouri Valley Conference as they Announce the Addition of Esports

MVC Set to Officially Begin Play This Semester with Nine of the Conference's 12 Member Institutions Competing 

The Missouri Valley Conference has added an esports league to the conference’s competitive offerings. Esports programs across the league will begin competing against each other this semester.  
The newly formed effort will begin its first year of competition in mid-February with an eight-week regular season and will culminate with a championship event later this spring. The MVC will offer competition across three titles – Overwatch 2, Rocket League, and Super Smash Bros.
Additionally, The Valley has announced a partnership with the National Esports Collegiate Conference (NECC) to oversee, manage, and help support league competition. The NECC is one of the largest collegiate esports conferences in North America, and it was selected by the member institutions to ensure safe and fair competition.
“We are so excited about this new league-wide initiative. Esports provides a great platform for our schools to create new rivalries, friendships, and opportunities. The Valley is ecstatic to be working with the NECC on this inspiring new venture,” says MVC Commissioner Jeff Jackson.
“We’re extremely excited to be working with the MVC on this effort,” said NECC CEO Jacob VanRyn. “It’s been tremendous to work with the leadership at the conference office, as well as with the institutions themselves in the planning and development phases and we’re fired up to officially launch this effort. We’re excited to help support the MVC in this endeavor.”
Notably, Rally Cry will serve as the MVC’s official competition platform. The competition hub can be found at
Conference esports competition will feature an eight-week regular season, and the league will crown a regular-season champion in each of the three titles in April. The MVC esports launch will take place Monday, Feb. 19, with Super Smash Bros. competition. The Conference tournaments in the three titles will take place in April. Dates and location for the post-season championships will be announced in the coming weeks.

Header image for this release provided by the Missouri Valley Conference 
The Missouri Valley Conference - the nation’s second-oldest NCAA Division I conference - continues to be a leader in college athletics and is one of the nation’s most progressive conferences, celebrating its 117th season in 2023-24.  The Valley brand remains very strong, both regionally and nationally, and the great athletic tradition of the Conference remains a compelling force in recruiting student-athletes and in marketing all the MVC programs.

League members include Belmont, Bradley, Drake, Evansville, UIC, Illinois State, Indiana State, Missouri State, Murray State, Northern Iowa, Southern Illinois, and Valparaiso.
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 400 colleges and universities currently competing, the NECC strives to be a positive home for the collegiate gaming community.

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