ALBANY, NY—The highly anticipated, ECAC Esports Championships at Hudson Valley Gamer Con 2019 was full of action and esports enthusiasts, drawing in 2,500 people. The tournament and expo is the largest collegiate esports event in the Northeast. A total of 19 schools fielding 15 teams in League of Legends, 11 teams in Overwatch, and 11 teams in Fortnite, to make a collective 37 teams, battled it out to bring home the trophies. The event was put on by a partnership which included I LOVE NY, The Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC), The Albany Capital Center (ACC), The Center for Economic Growth (CEG), The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC), and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI).
“This year’s ECAC Championships featured precisely the type of atmosphere, energy, and enthusiasm we were aiming for,” said ECAC President/CEO Dan Coonan. “The buzz going forward about ECAC Esports is undeniable. The success of this event will undoubtedly help fuel our ambitious plans to take our program again to the next level this Fall.”
Close to 400 student athletes participated in the competition. Schools as far north as Maine and down south to Tennessee were in attendance with teams from University of Albany, Alfred State, Canisius College, Drew University, Fairfield University, King University, Mansfield University, Marist College, Niagara, Quinnipiac University, RPI, Sacred Heart University, Saint Peter’s University, Siena College, Stevenson University, Stockton University, SUNY Canton, and. Thomas College. Each game was produced N3rd Street Gamers and livestreamed on the Twitch.tv channels of ECAC Esports, MAAC, and Eleven Sports.
Congratulations to our ECAC Esports HV Gamer Con 2019 Champions –
Fortnite: Stockton University
League of Legends: Marist College
Overwatch: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Congratulations to our MVP Recipients –
League of Legends – David de Vera – Marist College
Fornite – Austin Van Zant – Stockton University
Overwatch – Jonathan Stansfield – Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Following this past weekend’s event, The ECAC is conducting an Empowerment series on April 11th at Caldwell University. This free event consists of a series of panel discussions with industry leaders in the mental health field and professionals who work with student athletes on a daily basis. This will be followed by a discussion with experts in the esports industry addressing mental health is esports, as well as advice on starting up your own collegiate esports program.
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ABOUT THE ECAC
Established in 1938, the ECAC is the nation’s largest Conference, ranging in location from Maine to Georgia, and westerly to Missouri. The ECAC hosts numerous championships in men’s and women’s sports across Divisions I, II and III, offering opportunities for thousands of student-athletes. For more information, visit www.ecacsports.com.