Concord University Crowned the 2023-24 ECAC Esports Commissioner’s Cup Presented by ADVANCED

5/20/2024 12:47:53 PM

DANBURY, CT – Concord University is awarded the 2023-24 ECAC Commissioner’s Cup Presented by ADVANCED for their outstanding achievements during the Fall and Spring seasons.

Concord University started Esports in 2019, becoming the first public university in the state of West Virginia to offer Esports. The program began strong with three different games Call of Duty, Overwatch, and League of Legends with around 19 students. During the first two years of the program’s existence, they quickly established themselves as a dominant force, bringing home 8 Call of Duty championships from 2019-2021. Currently, Concord University Esports offers twelve competitive game titles, hosting 75 program members. The program offers a competitive on-campus space, growing rapidly with continued university support. With 55 gaming computers, 5 Nintendo Switches, 2 PlayStation 5s, 2 Xbox Series Xs, 2 practice facilities, a player lounge, club space, and a 165-person live esports arena.

In Fall 2023, the program added another championship to their cabinet, capturing their first ECAC title in the Rocket League Elite division. The program saw success again in the Spring, with multiple 2nd place finishes in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Fortnite, and Call of Duty, respectively.

Concord Esports prides themselves in trying to attend as many in-person events as possible. This season alone the program held 3 showcase matches and one high school SSBU tournament and also traveled to 5 different states to represent Concord Esports at LANs. The program is very proud of the community that they have built with their players. Every time students step foot in Concord Esports, facilities they feel safe, welcomed, and ready for competition.

“It’s a great honor for Concord Esports to be awarded the Commissioner’s Cup from the ECAC presented by ADVANCED,” said Concord University’s Director of Esports, Austin Clay. “Our players, staff, student workers, and production team worked the hardest and ground the most that our program has ever had. So receiving this honor is a great award for the blood, sweat, and passion that Concord Esports as a whole put in this year.”

Austin added that the program is excited to see the continued growth and expand as they keep bringing the passion to everything they put their minds to. “Getting back to the mountain’s peak and claiming victory in multiple games in the coming years is always the goal. I know that our players here all have one thing in mind, being the best and rising to any challenge put in their path. Finally, we are excited to continue setting the standard for LAN events so we want to see our production team grow in size and our ability to host more LAN events at Concord from playoffs for High Schools, showcase matches, tournaments, and lastly hosting college playoffs at Concord.”