NECC Winter Invitational Valorant Tournament Presented by Samsung SSD Set to Take Place this Weekend


The National Esports Collegiate Conference's (NECC) first-ever Winter Invitational Valorant Tournament is set to begin today. The three-day event will culminate with the Championship Final taking place on Sunday evening. The Tournament features a prize pool of $3,500 in cash, as well as other prizes thanks to the NECC's partnership with Samsung SSD. 

The Winter Invitational will run from this Friday, February 25 through Sunday, February 27. The official tournament bracket - with real-time updates - can be found below. 

The championship-winning team will receive $2,500, and all championship-winning players will receive a Samsung SSD prize pack that includes a Samsung T5 Solid State Drive, as well as other Samsung SSD merchandise. The runner-up team will win $1,000.

The NECC will be broadcasting action from the tournament this Saturday and Sunday across both of its Twitch channels ( and ESTV will also be showing the tournament live across its platforms. The broadcast schedule is below and all times listed are eastern. 

Saturday, February 26 (NECC_esports / NECC2)
Round of 32 | 2pm / 3pm 
Round of 16 | 4:30pm / 5:30pm
Quarterfinals | 7pm / 8pm

Sunday, February 27 (NECC_esports)
Semifinals - Game 1 | 2pm 
Semifinals - Game 2 | After Semifinal Game 1
Championship Finals | After Semifinal Game 2

For more information on the tournament, 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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