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November 30, 2020

Twenty Schools to Compete in First HBCU Esports Homecoming Classic Event

Twenty Schools to Compete in First HBCU Esports Homecoming Classic Event

The inaugural HBCU Esports Homecoming Classic will see teams from 20 Historically Black Colleges and Universities compete in NBA 2K21 and Madden NFL esports tournaments in an all online event on Saturday at 4 p.m. EST. Up for grabs is $5K USD in scholarship and prize money and a tournament championship. Twitch and Zaxby’s are the presenting partners for the event, with Twitch serving as the exclusive live streaming music partner.

This tournament event is the first collaboration from The Yard: HBCU Esports Alliance/HEA and CSL Esports partnership and will include live performances by hip-hop and gaming legend Soulja Boy and be hosted by radio/tv personality Audley “Fly Guy DC” Feemster Jr.  

The HBCU Esports Homecoming Classic starts at 4 p.m. EST with the NBA2K21 Championship matches, to be followed by the halftime show beginning at approximately 6 p.m. After the half-time performance, the Madden NFL 21 Championship matches will begin. 

The Homecoming Classic comes in part from ‘The Yard’ which “commemorates the rich legacy of HBCU campus life.” The HEA and CSL Esports are working closely with HBCUs “to provide an understanding of the esports ecosystem, the vast opportunities within it, as well as bring both casual and serious competitive engagement for their students.”

Published at Mon, 30 Nov 2020 21:57:02 +0000

Warner Bros. Games and NetherRealm Studios Unveil New Season of Mortal Kombat Esports

The Mortal Kombat 11 Pro Kompetition will return for a second season, Warner Bros. Games and NetherRealm Studios announced on Monday. Season 2 will feature a $60K USD prize pool and sponsorship from Astro as its official audio partner.

The previous competitive circuit concluded in March 2020 and featured a $250K prize pool. Rather than taking place at select fighting game tournaments, the Pro Kompetition will follow the lead of many other fighting game pro circuits which have transitioned fully online due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The series will be divided into three global divisions – North American League, IntertKontinental Kombat, and Liga Latina – each further divided into local circuits to reduce issues with online competition such as lag. Players will compete in local circuits to earn points which will qualify them for a regional championship event.

Published at Mon, 30 Nov 2020 21:41:13 +0000

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