College esports is huge. Literally, there are hundreds of schools all vying for recognition in a multitude of games. There’s also a litany of esports orgs and brands aiming to bring some cohesion to the space. But now, Gaud-Hammer Gaming throws their name in the hat creating Conference One (CF1). CF1 is a year-long college Valorant season culminating with a Grand Finals in March. They are one of, if not the first esports tournament runners to create a fully fleshed out Valorant season.
Making Sense of College Valorant
Due to the sheer scope of college esports, most tourneys run through already-established conferences or regions. With Conference One, there’s a more standardized approach to how it all comes together. In a press release, they said there are four regions of play (East, North, South, West) that compete in a round-robin season. In February, there’s regional finals and the Grand Finals in March. According to CF1, they want to focus heavily on making sure everyone feels like winners from following the new tournament.
“Conference One is incredibly excited for our upcoming year of competition….Our primary goal is to elevate and grow the collegiate space to benefit players, schools, and organizations.”Conference One President, Keiran Ensor
Conference One says that all member schools should “receive benefits such as scholarships, exposure through weekly broadcasts, professional development opportunities, and health and wellness resources to its players.”
Getting a solid schedule for college esports continues to be a fundamental issue in the space. Because of how many schools are involved, Matches are announced and changed quickly. Sometimes scores aren’t regularly updated, and in extreme cases, there’s nowhere to even watch. With that said, There’s a major push to create appointment viewing for CF1 matches. The conference said they’d also be producing “50 broadcasts and over 350 hours of content” split between various platforms. They said that VODs would be available on the CF1 website and YouTube, which should make catching up with your alma mater even easier.
In addition to their in-house efforts, CF1 also announced a partnership with this very brand, CheckpointXP/Beasley Esports. CheckpointXP On Campus isn’t just reporting on the games, we’ll also create special content for CF1 highlighting players, stories, and big moments.
“We’ve been working closely with the team at G3 Gaming on this project and we couldn’t be more excited. We will be co-hosting the matches on our Twitch channel and profiling schools, teams, and players in weekly episodes of the show. More schools and more conferences in collegiate esports mean more students will have opportunities to participate. And that’s a veryExecutive Director of Sales and Marketing for Beasley Esports, Leslie Fitzsimmons.
Here’s a list of every school confirmed for this season so far.
- University of Pittsburgh, Greensburg
- Rutgers University
- New York Institute of Technology
- The University of Akron
- University of Texas, Dallas
- Boise State University
- Grand Canyon University
- University of Houston
- Slippery Rock University
- University of Texas, Austin
- Montclair State University
- Towson University
- Mississippi State University
- University of Albany
- Syracuse University
- Missouri Baptist University
- Ohio Northern University
- University of Texas, San Antonio
- Georgia Technological University
- University of Washington
- Embry-Riddle Worldwide
- Butler University
- Limestone University
- Oregon Institute of Technology
- Ball State University
- Liberty University
Registration is still open so if your school is looking for some competition on Valorant this seems like the place to be! The window closes on September 21st so get those submissions in ASAP!