The National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE) has announced that gaming system provider iBUYPOWER, is now the official gaming PC provider for the 90 collegiate institutions with esports programs across the United States that the NACE supports.
iBUYPOWER will also help to streamline the building of new esports arenas and provide technical support to institutions looking to add esports to its campus.
The National Association of Collegiate Esports has officially announced our partnership with @iBUYPOWER. They will now be the official PC provider of NACE.
— NACE (@NACEsports) January 16, 2019
As part of the deal, the NACE will be forming an advisory panel made of esports coaches and industry experts to make recommendations for collegiate programs to support them in selecting the best equipment available for numerous varsity programs.
Michael Brooks, Executive Director, NACE, had this to say: “Our partnership is the next step for us in providing a whole end-to-end ecosystem with trusted partners who our member institutions can rely upon to provide top-notch equipment. Just like traditional athletics, your facility is an important component of recruitment. More so, as students and administrators on campus continue to push for greater recognition of competitive gaming as a varsity sport, your arena is where your legitimacy begins. Having something that people can see and touch is a great tool when educating those unfamiliar with esports. With this partnership, we can now push in the same direction together and our institutions can lean on their expertise to create a collaborative environment for all parties to take full advantage of.”
Darren Su, Executive Vice President, iBUYPOWER, added: “Esports is in our DNA and we’re excited to partner with NACE to bring collegiate esports to the next level with our knowledge of running national esports tournaments. At varsity level competitive play, the difference in system performance could determine the victors”
This week saw another University expand its esports and gaming offerings as the University of Washington revealed plans for its new Esports Arena & Gaming Lounge.
Esports Insider says: We said earlier this week about how important the work that University’s and the NACE do will be an important step in making esports as commonplace as youth sports. Similar work is also being done across the globe with more being announced weekly.