Collegiate Call of Duty Organizer College COD (CCL) has partnered with Related to gaming arenasA subsidiary of gaming and technology company Windex, to host its first live LAN playoff event to crown the 2022 national champions.
The event will take place on June 11-12th at Belong’s Gaming Arena in Columbus, Ohio.
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Eight collegiate Call of Duty teams will compete in the arena, which will also be played in front of an audience of 100 spectators. Passes will be available on a first come, first served basis for $25 each day.
Wim Stocks, SVP of Partnerships & Commercial, Belong Gaming Arenas, Commented: “Collegiate competition is a rapidly growing segment and an important area for Belong Gaming Arenas as we look to bring the elite esports experience to local neighborhoods across the country.
“We are thrilled to support the CCL 2022 National Championship and play a role in the continued growth of collegiate esports.”
Last year, Belong Gaming Arenas began rolling out gaming centers across the US. As of this writing, Belong has locations in Chicago, Nashville, Dallas and Houston, with a new center coming soon in Philadelphia. Most recently, the company’s Columbus location hosted the Call of Duty League Pro-Am Classic in May.
In October 2021, the esports social platform efuse The College acquired both the COD (CCL) and the College Carball Association (CCA).
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Matthew Benson, Co-Founder and CEO of eFuse, Added: “Top collegiate players deserve a best-in-class LAN experience and together with Belong Gaming Arenas, we know this event will deliver exactly that.
“Ohio has deep roots in the Call of Duty scene, so we can’t wait to welcome the College COD League to Columbus for this Marquee Lan event.”
Esports Insider says: It’s great to see CCL’s playoffs play out in front of an audience, with this event showing just how evolved collegiate esports has become. Since beginning their US expansion last year, Belong’s arenas have begun to be used more and more for LAN events, something that is sure to benefit esports tournaments from a storied perspective.
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