Georgia State is organizing practice suites and a venue for tournament play and offering a small number of scholarships to supplement HOPE awards for those qualifying for National Association of Collegiate Esports tournament play. The Georgia Esports League plans to provide scholarships to students winning statewide events.
Orientation sessions and competitions to fill team slots with the most talented players are on-going. The university will start by connecting students to League of Legends and Smite competitions, but students playing on other platforms are also encouraged to join.
While advanced players are welcomed, students with wider games interest are also welcomed. Students interested in broadcasting and commentary, production and marketing of Esports and tournaments, coaching, student management and game development are encouraged to participate.
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Georgia State has affiliated with two organizations that enable national tournament competition and regional play:
The university has joined the National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE) and its 33 affiliated varsity eSports programs (scholarship granting NACE universities include UC-Irvine, Western Kentucky University and the University of Utah). Georgia State students will be eligible to compete for team positions in competitions.
Georgia State is also among Georgia universities starting the Georgia Esports League (GEL), which begins tournament play in fall 2017. Along with Georgia State, students from Georgia Institute of Technology, Kennesaw State University, the University of North Georgia and others will compete in the game “Brawlhalla.”