Football team Philadelphia Union opened the registration for its Union College Clash tournament, presented by Independence Blue Cross and powered by N3rd Street Gamers.
College students from Philadelphia can sign up for the FIFA 19 tournament. The first 64 players to complete the registration are competing next October 27 at Dave and Buster’s Penn’s Landing. The winner of the Union College Clash will join the gaming branch of Philadelphia Union as a permanent part of the roster.
Early this year, Philadephia Union welcomed Cormac “Doolsta” Dooley into the organisation. Doolsta was the winner of the Union Esports Open and became the team representative at the eMLS Cup at PAX East in Boston. eMLS is an initiative created by the Major League Soccer, similar to the ePremier League announced early this month.
Union College Clash is presented by Independence Blue Cross, a health insurer based in Philadelphia. The insurer is providing the players with Union warm-up gear and sponsoring the content about the event shared through social media. The tournament is powered by esports network N3rd Street Gamers.
John Fazio, founder, and CEO of N3rd Street Gamers said: “Esports provides an incredible new medium to build competitive ecosystems. It creates the same opportunities to learn and grow as traditional sports have for so many Americans.”
Collegiate esports is a common occurrence across North America. As esports grow in popularity, colleges try to incorporate the new athletes into their programs. Several schools offer scholarships for gamers pursuing an education.
Esports Insider says: Players often struggle to balance a personal life and a career. Collegiate esports gives them the opportunity to continue their studies and compete. The Union College Clash not only is helping students in Philadelphia kick-start their esports career in collaboration with businesses based in the same city.