NACE Starleague Fortnite Collegiate Series Kicks Off Next Week
NACE will begin their Fortnite Collegiate Series this coming week on Feb. 26. The series will consist of three qualifying events, leading to the Collegiate Championship in late March, with a prize pool of $2,000 in scholarships.
NACE will be hosting these three qualifiers for both the East and West regions, with a total of six events throughout the series. Each qualifier will consist of four consecutive matches, with teams earning points based on performance and placing in each match. The top four teams from each qualifier will earn direct bids to the Collegiate Championship, while the remaining teams will continue to accumulate points across each event.
After the qualifiers, the last 24 remaining spots will be selected based off the total number of points earned from the three events, leaving 48 total teams to compete in the Championship. The 24 selected teams from each region will then come together to compete in the final Collegiate Championship event across six consecutive matches to determine the NACE Starleague Fortnite Collegiate Champion.
The top four teams will split the $2,000 scholarship prize pool, with first place receiving half of the prize money.
Despite Challenges, NACE Continues to Grow
NACE introduced Fortnite to their competitive lineup back in 2019, alongside their other established repertoire of titles. Last year saw the NACE 2021 Fortnite Spring Cup, in which St. Clair College were crowned the champions, with Ontario Tech Student Union and Ashland University following close.
“The 2020-2021 academic year presented a unique challenge for NACE, resulting in a completely online finals competition, the second of which hosted this year,” said Executive Director of NACE Michael Brooks back in 2021. “The impressive results from these finals speaks to the herculean efforts of our members, students and partners. NACE is set up for even more growth in the professionalization of the collegiate esports space.”
NACE’s current ongoing series’ include Rocket League, Overwatch, Call of Duty, CS:GO, League of Legends, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and DOTA 2, with Valorant starting in early March.
By Carter Barnes