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North American Collegiate League Shines Spotlight on Esports

Esports has seen a rise in popularity over the years. From being considered obscure, esports has now gained a massive following and has become a mega-industry, attracting players and sponsors. The North American Collegiate League is one of the most prominent organizations promoting esports, with their tournaments and events available for streaming in several countries.

The North American Collegiate League or NACL is an America-based non-profit esports, entertainment, and media organization. Throughout the year, they host and stream various tournaments and league play. NACL tournaments and shows are streamed in over 20 countries, including several in Asia such as Japan, South Korea, China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, and Malaysia.

Esports is a fast-growing industry. With numerous supporters and gaming enthusiasts worldwide, NACL can provide brands and sponsors with a place to market their companies and products. These sponsors can also enter early in collegiate esports promotion, supporting education and the field of esports as a whole.

Esports competitors can win college scholarships, and through this reward, the North American Collegiate League hopes to bridge gaps between academic and traditional sports scholarships. The organization aims to entice gaming enthusiasts to pursue their interests alongside their pursuit of higher education. They hope to entice young students to see esports as a valid entryway into college. NACL president David Chen states, “Anyone who puts in the time and the effort to hone their skills in esports can have a chance at using their passion to fund their college education. Academic performance and traditional athletic ability are no longer the only way to get a college scholarship. This applies to current and aspiring college students”.

In their mission to bring esports to the world stage, NACL has partnered with many ambassadors, including various NFL players, NBA players, social media content creators, and various companies’ founding partners. The most recent esports ambassador the organization partnered with is Lawrence Chia, CEO of the Samling Group of Companies. This conglomerate has holdings in timber, infrastructure, automobiles, real estate, financial services, and fuel production. Lawrence Chia also currently serves as Non-Executive Director of BC Technology Group Limited and formerly served as CEO of Deloitte China.

“I am proud to join forces with Lawrence Chia,” shares David Chen, “I have looked up to him for a long time and he is someone I am lucky enough to call a mentor. He is one of the most forward-thinking and influential people in Asia. His presence Cements NACL’s standing in the esports scene.”

With a mission to create a global community of professional gamers, aspiring players, and enthusiasts, the North American Collegiate League welcomes everyone interested in learning more about the world of esports. Offering scholarships to collegiate competitors, the organization fills a void left unfilled by academic or traditional sports scholarships. With streaming and TV rights to several countries, fans of esports can connect with other esports supporters across the globe, creating a sense of community and camaraderie across borders.

To stay updated with the latest esports news and tournaments, you may visit the North American Collegiate League website.

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