Saint Francis University has joined the National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE). This positions the SFU Esports program to join over 130 other member institutions in this rapidly growing inter/national phenomenon.
NACE is a nonprofit membership association organized by and on behalf of its member institutions. Membership within NACE provides SFU Esports with opportunities to compete and also a voice within the national collegiate esports community. In addition to membership NACE is also focused on eligibility requirements, paths to graduation, and scholarships, and hosts an annual national convention for its member institutions to share best practices and collaborate as esports continues to emerge around the world.
“NACE has clearly positioned itself as the voice of collegiate esports. Their executive staff, board of directors, and competition council represents the full spectrum of colleges and universities and ensures that the field of collegiate esports is legitimized within both the higher education arena as well as within intercollegiate competition” says program director, Dr. Bobby Anderson, Director of Student Engagement & Leadership Development. “Without the leadership of NACE, the ever expanding field of collegiate esports remains the wild west where each program focuses on self-interest and not always what is best for the students and the sport.”
This membership provided the opportunity for SFU Esports staff to attend the second annual NACE National Convention in Harrisburg, PA earlier this month. A review of the convention can be found on ESPN’s website.
Membership within NACE also opens the door for opportunities with other major esports brands like Respawn, iBuyPower, MSI, Twitch Student program, as well as BeRecruited and NCSA for future recruitment of SFU Esports gamers.
“Becoming members of NACE was an important step to take for the launch of our program. As esports continues to grow and conversations around esports within higher education regarding program eligibility & equality, amateurism, scholarship, and many more high priority topics within higher education, our membership with NACE grants us a seat at the table ” said Luke Trotz, Assistant Director of Student Engagement. “As these conversations progress and more institutions implement esports programs, it is important for Saint Francis to be part of that conversation.”
The National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE) is a nonprofit membership association organized by and on behalf of our member institutions. NACE officially formed on July 28, 2016 at the first ever Collegiate Esports Summit held in Kansas City, MO. At that time only seven colleges and universities had varsity esports programs. Since then a rapidly growing number of institutions have launched varsity programming, with a current count of 130+ institutions. As of January 2018, over 94% of all varsity esports programs in the U.S. are members of NACE with an ever increasing number of schools exploring esports.
Founded in 1847, Saint Francis University in Loretto, PA is the oldest Franciscan institution of higher learning in the country, and one of the oldest Catholic colleges in the nation. Academics at SFU are deeply grounded in intellectual development coupled with career-directed studies in sciences, healthcare, business and humanities. SFU educates persons of all faiths in an environment inspired by the Franciscan values of faith, generosity, respect, discovery, and joy, and attracts students with a desire to become that someone who makes a difference in the lives of others.