West Babylon, N.Y. - The East Coast Conference will crown an eSports Champion starting with regular season play and an ECC Championship tournament beginning in the fall of 2018. The participating squads will play the game League of Legends from Riot Games.
The ECC will be the second NCAA Division II conference to offer an eSports championship, joining the Peach Belt Conference, which rolled their league schedule out this year. ECC institutions that have committed to play next fall include Daemen College, LIU Post, Mercy College, Molloy College, NYIT and St. Thomas Aquinas College.
“We are excited about this new endeavor,” stated ECC Commissioner, Dr. Robert Dranoff. “We have been watching the growth of eSports on campuses around the country and within our own conference, with NYIT starting their intercollegiate program last year and St. Thomas Aquinas this year. Some of our other schools already have clubs on campus so they were quick to support this idea and we hope our other institutions will jump on board as well.”
Beginning in the fall of 2018, participating teams will play a round robin schedule over the course of the fall semester with the top four moving to the ECC eSports Championship, which is now one of 19 the conference offers each year.
“We see this as a win-win for all involved,“ continued Dranoff. “eSports is growing fast on college campuses and we are excited to connect with another group of students on our member campuses through this activity. We have organized and promoted many championship events and plan to make this a great experience for all those participating, keeping weekly standings and statistics, while also supporting this activity in the same way we work with all our other ECC sports.“
The conference will announce the regular-season schedule and the tournament dates in spring 2018.
Launched in 2009, League of Legends is currently played by over 100 million people every month, making it the most-played game in the world. A multi-player online battle arena, the game is the world leader in the eSports arena with over 1,700 tournaments annually.