NKU Esports Team Joins Intercollegiate Conference – The River City News – The River City News

NKU Esports Team Joins Intercollegiate Conference – The River City News – The River City News

Northern Kentucky University’s Esports team is set to join Esports Collegiate, putting it in competition with nearby universities like Miami and Ohio.

NKU will become a full member in the 2021 fall season.

“NKU is delighted to join the ESC conference. Our university’s participation in ESC will undoubtedly establish regional and national rivalries against universities that share a deep commitment to advancing student success and academic achievement,” said NKU President Ashish Vaidya. “We look forward to beginning a new era of competition and an opportunity to expand Esports offerings across the NKU campus.”

NKU becomes the second non-founding member to join ESC since the conference was officially announced on June 10.

Northeastern University joined the conference this year and earned the first ever ESC League of Legends championship on March 28.  The Norse will compete in all fall and spring competitions for Esports Collegiate and will be featured in all ESC game titles going forward.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome Northern Kentucky University to Esports Collegiate,” states Miami University President and Chair of the ESC Board of Directors, Dr. Greg Crawford, “Their advancement and innovation in the Esports landscape allows participating students to excel at the highest levels of collegiate Esports.”

The student-led NKU Esports Club has been around since 2016 and continues to grow. Officially launching their varsity program in October of 2020, this year the club swelled to nearly 600 active members. On March 26, the program unveiled The Sandbox, the official arena of NKU Esports and a hub for students to practice and compete. The space features 11 state-of-the-art gaming stations and periphery
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