North America’s Top Collegiate Esports Teams Competing for Over $100,000 in Scholarships at Collegiate Starleague’s 2019 Grand Finals

Signature collegiate esports competition and 2018-19 season culmination to be hosted in Atlantic City at historic Boardwalk Hall  

Hundreds of colleges and universities competing to qualify for three-day tournament

Los Angeles, CA | March 27, 2019 – Collegiate Starleague (CSL) announced today that the 2019 North American Collegiate Grand Finals will be hosted in Atlantic City, NJ at the Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall. The season-culminating event will be held from April 26-28, 2019 and will feature hundreds of the very best collegiate esports teams and players from the United States and Canada competing for more than $100,000 in scholarships. Featured partners and sponsors for the 2019 CSL Grand Finals include: Twitch Student, GameStop, Jostens, Capcom, 2K Sports, Ingame Esports and the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA).

Individual and team titles will be awarded across the breadth of CSL collegiate leagues, including NBA2K, Street Fighter 5, Dota 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, League of Legends Junior Varsity League as well as invitational and showcase events for Super Smash Bros Melee & Smash Ultimate, Apex Legends and Fortnite. More than 52,000 students from over 1,600 university and college campuses in the United States and Canada have registered and competed in CSL leagues and tournaments. The Grand Finals being held in Atlantic City this April, follow CSL’s tradition of rotating the location of its premier event to top North America esports cities including LA (2018), Toronto (2017), Austin (2016), San Francisco (2015) and Anaheim (2014). Weekend passes and individual day tickets to the 2019 North American Collegiate Grand Finals are available as of today at CStarleague.com on a limited basis.

“Atlantic City will be a great host city for Collegiate Starleague’s 2019 Grand Finals where we’ll be awarding more than $100,000 in scholarships to the top collegiate gamers from across the US and Canada university and college network,” said Wim Stocks, CEO & General Manager, Collegiate Starleague and WorldGaming Network. “This year’s event will be our biggest to date, with more teams, more competitors, more games and more reasons to attend. The event will also showcase a speaker series on the business of esports, a meet and greet with key esports and sports celebrity personalities, as well as a festival with music, food and incredible entertainment.”  

CSL’s 2019 Grand Finals is the inaugural esports event to be held at historic Boardwalk Hall under the public/private partnership between the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority and Ingame Esports. “We’re thrilled to partner with CSL to bring this legacy collegiate event to Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City and create a unique fan experience that's fun and memorable.” said Angela Bernhard Thomas, Co-Founder and CEO, Ingame Esports.

“With the explosion in popularity of competitive video gaming, we are very excited to bring the Collegiate Starleague’s Grand Finals and additional esport events to Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall this year," said CRDA Board Chairman, Robert Mulcahy. "This reinforces the CRDA’s commitment to attract thousands of new visitors to our destination as we continue to expand entertainment and events options.”

CSL also confirmed that Twitch, through the Twitch Student program, will be the exclusive live streaming and distribution partner for the Grand Finals and all playoff matches. "The vision of the Twitch Student program is to build, empower and support an inclusive, diverse and collaborative collegiate gaming community,” said Mark ‘Garvey’ Candella, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Twitch. “We want to foster and instill confidence in the community to help bring voices to the forefront of the industry we all love so much. The team at Collegiate StarLeague share our passion and vision and we couldn’t be more excited to partner with them."

Those who are interested can join the conversation online by following Collegiate StarLeague on Facebook (Facebook.com/cstarleague), Twitter (@cstarleague) or Instagram (@collegiatestarleague).

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About Collegiate Starleague 
Collegiate Starleague, a division of WorldGaming, is the world’s largest collegiate gaming league.  Since 2009, it has awarded over $650,000 in scholarship money to student gamers from around the world.  It has over 52,000 registered players across 1,600 registered schools. For more information, visit www.cstarleague.com.

About the CRDA
The only agency of its kind nationwide, the CRDA has used Atlantic City casino reinvestments as a catalyst for meaningful, positive improvement in the lives of New Jersey residents since 1984.  Under the 2011 Tourism District Act, the Authority's mission evolved from statewide projects to becoming the state's key economic development agency for Atlantic City.  CRDA's expanded responsibilities now include land use regulation, tourism marketing and clean and safe initiatives. The CRDA also oversees Historic Boardwalk Hall (the leading entertainment venue of its size in the country) and the Atlantic City Convention Center.  In total, CRDA has invested nearly $2 billion in more than 400 projects statewide, of which $1.8 billion has been invested in Atlantic City, spurring business investments and expansions, and creating permanent jobs in the process. For more information about CRDA and our projects, visit www.njcrda.com. Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/njcrda.

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About Ingame Esports, Inc.
INGAME Esports, Inc is a full-service esports company assisting businesses, government and academic organizations successfully engage in the cultural convergence of video games, esports, technology and entertainment. Executive team with over 30 years in entertainment provides strategic consulting, financial modeling, operations management, and live esports event production, connecting clients to world class brands and venues. For more information, visit www.ingameesports.com

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