Your weekly dose for esports happenings curated by Champria
Original Author: Sam Eldridge
ECAC Overwatch Playoffs Underway
The Eastern College Athletic Conference playoffs for Overwatch began on December 1st, and from here on out, it’s a battle to the top. 44 universities made playoffs out of the 65 that first entered for the season, including some top-level competition like the number one seed Bay State College. The playoffs will continue from their start on December 1st all the way to the championship slated for December 8th.
Check out all the playoffs action here.
NFL Star Leaves Football For Esports
Kenny Vaccaro, formerly from the New Orleans Saints, is starting an esports organization. The retiring defensive back will launch G1, an organization focused on putting gamers first. While the launch is still in the works, Vaccaro plans to shoot for the Halo world championship, a lofty goal for any organization and cites his love for the original Halo as a source of inspiration.
100 Thieves Raised $60 Million, Total Evaluation at $460 Million
100 Thieves is one of the biggest names in esports, and the reason why is no secret: while also being successful competitively, they’re also one of the highest evaluated esports companies in the industry, with their evaluation tripling in the last two years. Continuing on that track, the company just raised $60 million for their most recent round. The investor list has names like Green Bay Ventures, Breyer Capital, and Artists Capital Management all funding the round.
Manchester United Player, David De Gea, Launches New Esports Organization
Keeping on trend for traditional athletes joining the world of esports, David De Gea, Manchester United goalkeeper, has launched an esports organization of his own. The organization, known as Rebels Gaming, will have three teams at launch competing in League of Legends, VALORANT, and Rainbow Six: Siege. Rebels Gaming has also already announced they are participating in LVP SuperLiga 2nd Division and has announced Araneae, a popular Spanish League of Legends personality, will be joining the roster as the esports director.
Canadian Collegiate Esports League Launches
Canada, in the past, has had to look to the U.S. to have its universities participate in leagues for esports. This is changing soon, as twelve universities have banded together to form a conference specifically for Canada. Aptly named the Canadian Collegiate Esports League, universities such as the University of Winnipeg, Simon Fraser University, York University, and the University of Windsor will have a home to compete for the upcoming season. While the conference’s official full list of titles has not been released, they do have plans to have a Forza Motorsport tournament this winter.