Registration is Now Open; Select Teams Qualify for the Collegiate Rocket League (CRL) World Championship
PLANO, Texas – LEARFIELD and Psyonix announced plans for the 2022 LevelNext Rocket League Spring Showcase, with competition beginning on April 1. Registration for the second-consecutive national event is now open to all full-time college students attending a U.S. four-year accredited university.
Most notably, this year’s LevelNext Rocket League Spring Showcase serves as a major qualifying tournament for the new Collegiate Rocket League (CRL) World Championship that will include schools from U.S., Canada, and several European countries. Four teams from the Spring Showcase automatically will qualify for the Last Chance Qualifier of the CRL World Championship.
College students can register for the 2022 LevelNext Rocket League Spring Showcase by midnight EST on March 27 via LevelNextEsports.com – the online home to the largest intercollegiate esports league. Registration is free for the four-week competition, which begins on April 1 and wraps up with championship rounds April 26-28.
Esports fans will be able to watch more than 40 hours of live Showcase gameplay on LevelNext’s official Twitch channel twitch.tv/levelnextgg with giveaways, top shoutcasters, player bios, stories and highlights, and Rocket League influencers and celebrities.
“Psyonix has been a tremendous partner in year one. We hosted many Rocket League events for individual schools we represent across the country – complementing the first national Showcase last spring that was a big success in terms of the number of fans who watched, and the number of college students who played,“ said Rick Barakat, executive vice president, managing director for LEARFIELD’s Media & Partnerships Group. “We’re excited to further elevate the game title with the new connection to the CRL World Championship, and we appreciate the support of our sponsors Hellmann’s and Takis® snacks.”
With a $125,000 total cash prize pool, participants will compete for a share of the $75,000 competition prize pool. The other $50,000 will be awarded to 20 college esports programs through a Twitter competition, presented by Takis® snacks. LevelNext’s Twitter Competition encourages schools to post and promote the tournament using the #LevelNextShowcase hashtag. College esports programs will be eligible to compete in the Twitter Competition if they have at least one qualified team registered in the LevelNext Rocket League Spring Showcase.
Following its debut year, LevelNext was awarded the esports industry’s prestigious Tempest Esports Business Award for Best Collegiate/Amateur/Semi-Pro Event (Madden). LevelNext launched in October 2020 with publisher Electronic Arts (EA), and it is the first league to be supported by official school branding and athletics marketing assets.
LEARFIELD is a leading media and technology services company in intercollegiate athletics. The company unlocks the value of college sports for brands and fans through an omnichannel platform with innovative content and commerce solutions. LEARFIELD services includes licensing and multimedia sponsorship management; publishing, audio, digital and social media; data analytics; ticketing, ticket sales and professional concessions expertise; branding; campus-wide business and sponsorship development; and venue technology systems. Since 2008, it has served as title sponsor for the acclaimed LEARFIELD Directors’ Cup, supporting athletic departments across all divisions.
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