Registrations Open for Collegiate Esports Invitational Feat. Fortnite

It’s Time to Go Full Send in the Collegiate Esports Invitational Featuring Fortnite as Registrations to Compete Are Officially Open

Driven by “Where Conference Champions Are Crowned,” 10 NCAA Conferences Will Host Their Own Tournaments on May 21-23, with Each Champion and Runner-Up Advancing to National Finals on May 27

LOS ANGELES (May 13, 2021) – GCN, Inc. (Gaming Community Network), an independent media group dedicated to gaming and esports, and Van Wagner today announced registrations are open through May 19, 2021 for the Collegiate Esports Invitational Featuring Fortnite taking place online on May 21-27, 2021.

Built for “Where Conference Champions Are Crowned,” the event is open to all students from the 110 colleges and universities in the America East Conference, Big South Conference, Big West Conference, Colonial Athletic Association, Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, Southland Conference, Sun Belt Conference, West Coast Conference, Western Athletic Conference and the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association who can now enter their Duo Fortnite teams to compete in a best of one, double elimination format by registering at

The champion and runner-up from each conference tournament will advance to the National Finals on May 27 in a bracketed format, double elimination format. Along with earning bragging rights as the overall champions, teams will be competing for a $10,000 prize pool with $500 for each of the conference tournament winners and $5,000 to the winner of the National Final.

All of the tournaments can be viewed at, as well as co-streamed on each team and conference’s Twitch site if they request it. The tournament will also be carried by GCN across 85+ gaming and esports centric websites to enhance viewership and messaging. GCN reaches 65M+ monthly uniques in the U.S.

The schedule for 10 NCAA Conferences is (all times Eastern):

Friday, May 21
• Big South Conference – 6 pm
• Western Athletic Conference – 8 pm

Saturday, May 22
• CIAA – 2 pm
• Sun Belt Conference – 4 pm
• Southland Conference – 6 pm
• West Coast Conference – 8 pm

Sunday, May 23
• Colonial Athletic Association – 2 pm
• America East Conference – 4 pm
• MAAC – 6 pm
• Big West Conference – 8 pm

“We’re really excited to finally bring the biggest collegiate esports tournament to life that is open to all students in the participating conferences to compete not only for their school, but for the glory of ultimately becoming a true champion,” said Chris Kindt, Chief Marketing Officer of GCN.

The Collegiate Esports Invitational continues this fall with two additional tournaments. Plans will be unveiled this summer.

About Gaming Community Network:
GCN, Inc. (Gaming Community Network) is the only independent media group completely dedicated to gaming and esports across community sites, content producers, influencers and tournament/event operators. Bridging the gap between traditional media and gaming with a “Gamer First” promise, GCN’s aggregated & integrated proprietary media network reaches 65M+ MAU’s in the US (115M+ MAUs globally) driving scale for premium content designed to provoke and share conversations. GCN builds bespoke strategy solutions from content creation to full-scale tournaments for any endpoint be it social, broadcast TV or live stream. As a GameSquare Esports Inc. (stock: GSQ, Canadian Stock Exchange) subsidiary, GCN collaborates with its partners to deliver memorable experiences for gamers and brands. To learn more, visit or follow on LinkedIn:

About Van Wagner:
Van Wagner is a wholly owned subsidiary of Van Wagner Group LLC that creates, advises, and sells on behalf of world-class teams, leagues, brands, properties, and colleges. An innovator in the sports and media business, Van Wagner is a global leader in high-impact broadcast visible signage throughout the MLB, NBA, NCAA, and the highest levels of international soccer, sponsorships sales, premium ticketing, college multi-media rights, and in-venue content production at the world’s biggest sporting events.

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