FRANKLIN, IN - October 13, 2021 - The BIG EAST Conference will be returning to this year's Esports Combine, the premier collegiate recruiting event for esports athletes. The BIG EAST will participate in the Combine to grant spectator passes to all of its member schools and also engage in an industry-leading panel discussion on its offerings of collegiate esports programs.
The BIG EAST continues to be at the forefront of collegiate esports activities. In addition to participating in the Combine, the conference has organized esports competition for its member schools with titles League of Legends and Rocket League through its partnerships with the Electronic Gaming Federation (EGF) and RIOT Games. BIG EAST member school Butler University is also pushing grounds in esports with the construction of the Butler Esports Park, a 7,500-square-foot space dedicated to esports and technology that will be coming to students in 2022.
"The Esports Combine is an exciting space to showcase all the flagship initiatives and thought-leading discussions happening in the industry," Eric Kammeyer, Director of Esports and Gaming Technology at Butler University. "We're thrilled to provide insight surrounding the current and future competitive, curricular and community engagement happening on our campuses."
"We are excited to be once again participating in the Combine," Chris Schneider, Executive Associate Commissioner at the BIG EAST Conference. "Our member institutions continue to excel in providing outstanding experiences to the students participating in their esports programs."
"The BIG EAST conference continues to be the leading educational institution for esports in America," Bill Dever, Chief Strategy Officer at Harena Data."We're honored to have them participate in the combine once again where we will cover groundbreaking discussions and highlight the exciting plans BIG EAST has for esports."
This year's Esports Combine expects 10,000 gamers and 200 colleges and universities to participate. Hundreds of the largest esports scholarships are up for grabs and gamers will be able to tap into the country's best scholarship opportunities. To date, more than 500 student athletes playing on Harena's GYO Score platform have received college scholarships, more than all other organizations combined.
The Esports Combine runs October 15 through 17, 2021. The BIG EAST panel is scheduled for Friday, October 15th at 3 p.m. ET. For more on the BIG EAST Conference's involvement in esports, visit www.BIGEAST.com/esports.
Gamers can sign up for the Combine at www.combine.gg.