Danbury, CT. –  The ECAC announced today that its membership for the ’18-’19 school year is now 23 schools, a remarkable escalation considering the conference has been sponsoring esports for less than a year.  ECAC Esports membership comes from all three NCAA Divisions spanning 10 different states. The 23 members field 102 teams now participating in the ECAC’s six games: League of Legends, Overwatch, Hearthstone, Fortnite, FIFA, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

“We are thrilled with the reaction to our esports program,” said CEO Dan Coonan.  “It is generating tremendous enthusiasm and shows no sign of slowing down. We believe we are uniquely situated to do this well, given our 80-year track record sponsoring intercollegiate athletics competition, and our ECAC overall membership of more than 200 schools.”

The dedicated ECAC Esports website has also been unveiled. The platform is devoted to its esports members and contains news and information across all six game titles, including schedules, standings, and player rosters. As the regular Spring season of competition winds down, the in-person ECAC Championship will take place March 30 & 31 at the HV Gamer Con in Albany, thanks to a grant awarded from the Center for Economic Growth in New York’s Capital Region.

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.

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