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Major announcement comes as video game players across the U.S. celebrate National Video Games Day
Albany, N.Y. – The largest collegiate esports event in the Northeast is once again coming to Albany April 4 and 5. HV Gamer Con, presented by the Albany Capital Center (ACC), Center for Economic Growth (CEG), and Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC), is excited to announce a partnership with Schenectady, N.Y. based Gaming Insomniacs, an esports organization, who will oversee the addition of an amateur tournament at this year’s event in addition to the collegiate tournament taking place at the Albany Capital Center.
“Gaming Insomniacs is an organization that specializes in recreational and competitive gaming. We are completely consumed by anything esports and a partnership with the ECAC is a no-brainer,” said Jide Osipitan, founder of Gaming Insomniacs. “We have developed a successful platform for our semi pro and high school league. The ECAC extends and broadens our college participants with their fast growing collegiate esports program.”
Last year, HV Gamer Con became the largest esports tournament ever held in upstate New York welcoming nineteen colleges from Maine to Maryland who brought their esports teams to compete in a tournament of Fortnite, League of Legends and Overwatch. More than 400 gamers participated in the event. The weekend also featured a panel discussion highlighting the growth of egaming in the Capital Region as well as vendors offering hands-on demos of new products and information on how students can make esports a career. Area colleges were also on-site providing prospective students with information on their budding game development.
This year’s event is expected to be an even larger draw with the addition of the amateur tournament, more colleges and the addition of a new game title. At HV Gamer Con 2020, colleges will compete in Overwatch, Fortnite and Super Smash Brothers Ultimate.
Nineteen Colleges have committed to bringing their esports teams to compete in HV Gamer Con 2020, with over a dozen schools pending. This announcement comes on the heels of a statement put out by the ECAC, whose esports program in only their third year, has added nearly fifty participating schools and Rocket League and Madden to the lineup of games offered. Well over 200 teams will participate in ECAC esports competition this year, up dramatically from the 107 that competed last year.
“The current level of enthusiasm surrounding ECAC esports is beyond our wildest projections when we started this program just two years ago,” said Dan Coonan, president, ECAC. “That enthusiasm is certain to make for an even more spectacular HV Gamer Con this spring, with more energy, even better atmosphere, and plenty of opportunity for fan participation.”
“We are really looking forward to hosting HV Gamer Con again at the Albany Capital Center. The weekend is already shaping up to be an even bigger and better showing than what was featured last year,” said Doug McClaine, general manager of the Albany Capital Center. “We expect the event to pull thousands of esports competitors and enthusiasts to the area and we are looking forward to showing everyone what new additions we have in store.”
For more information on HV Gamer Con 2020, visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/HVGamerCom.
About HV Gamer Con:
HV Gamer Con brings together the best esport athletes from colleges across the Eastern United States for a full weekend of gaming competition at the Albany Capital Center. In addition to the gaming, vendors and exhibitors from the biggest names in tech will be on hand for a Gaming Expo. The weekend’s events are being put on by a partnership which includes Albany Capital Center (ACC), Center for Economic Growth (CEG), and Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC).
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.
Stay updated on the latest news, championships and more by connecting with the ECAC on Facebook (ECACSports, ECACeSports), Twitter (@ECACSports, @ECAC_Esports) and Instagram (@ECACSports, @ECAC_Esports)