Atlanta Esports Alliance and AXR Edge Welcome CECC Event and Gaming Community with May 6th Open House and Press Conference
First-ever gathering of multiple esports conference commissioners, university leaders, and the Atlanta gaming community, to kick-off the Collegiate Esports Commissioner’s Cup on May 7-8
ATLANTA (April 28, 2022) The Atlanta Esports Alliance, a division of the Atlanta Sports Council working to further metro Atlanta's position as a global esports leader, and AXR Edge, a leading gaming event venue in Atlanta, today announced an AEA Open House on May 6 to welcome the Collegiate Esports Commissioner’s Cup (CECC) festival event to Atlanta and for interested companies to learn more about esports marketing opportunities. The open house will be hosted by AXR Edge at its venue located at 848 Spring St NW in midtown.
CECC, produced by CSMG, ESPORTSU, and Skillshot Media and presented by CDW and Microsoft, is the nation’s largest collegiate esports festival, featuring 64 teams and 480 esports athletes from across the country competing in Overwatch, Valorant, Rocket League and Smash Bros., on May 7-8 at the Gateway Center Arena in College Park. The festival will also feature a recruitment fair, open game play for fans, outdoor and in-arena activations and food trucks for all ages. Tickets holders in attendance will have a chance to win prizing experiences including a trip to Hawaii, tickets to the Atlanta Hawks home opener this fall, and tickets to the big game in Glendale, AZ in 2023.
The program for the AEA Open House includes:
1:00pm - AEA Board Meeting
2:30pm - Doors Open for AEA Open House
3:00pm - Welcome from AEA and State of Georgia
- Grant Wainscott (Vice Chair AEA) and Asante Bradford (GA Dept. of Economic Development)
3:05pm - “Why May Madness Matters”
- Angela Bernhard Thomas (EVP, ESPORTSU), Dan Coonan (Commissioner/CEO, ECAC), Jeff White (VP, NJCAA), Brennen Dicker (Georgia State University)
3:30pm - “Why Atlanta Esports Matters”
- Allie Young (AXR Edge), Todd Harris (Skillshot Media), Rebecca Dixon (the*gameHERS), Mercedes Miller (GA International Convention Center), Doug Konopelko (CDW Education)
4:00pm - Networking
5:00pm Event Close
The event is free to attend but expected to reach capacity so guests are encouraged to register early at: https://bit.ly/3JHHINT. Media can RSVP to CSMG@dkcnews.com.
CECC will feature 64 schools and 480 esports athletes from across the country competing in Overwatch® (the Overwatch Collegiate Esports Commissioners Cup), Rocket League, Super Smash Brothers Ultimate, Valorant and NBA 2K. As various season playoffs and qualifier events continue across the nation, multiple participating conferences already include ECAC, NECC, NJCAAE, ECC and Peach Belt, among others. In all, up to twenty conferences will receive bids for their winning teams to be announced during the CECC “Selection Show” on May 3.
CECC is also supported by Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta Hawks, Barbasol, College Park Skyhawks, CTRL, Futures First Gaming, HomeTown Ticketing, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS), McDonald’s, Neustreet, Oakley, and the U.S. Air Force.
CECC serves as more of a homecoming celebration of gaming rather than a stand-alone esports tournament, and will give attendees a unique festival experience featuring food trucks, live music, a career fair, professional networking, a cosplay costume contest and interactive onsite activations. CECC provides collegiate esports athletes, fans and academic institutions an annual platform for competition, career opportunity, and community.
About Atlanta Esports Alliance
The Atlanta Esports Alliance is a private 501(c)6 division of the Atlanta Sports Council (ASC), comprised of business and community leaders in the esports ecosystem working to further metro Atlanta's position as a global leader in the space. Its unique structure allows the Alliance to leverage the championship pedigree of the ASC as it bids on, wins, and then manages major esport events and investment. The Alliance board includes team owners and investors, major venues and events, universities, game publishers, hardware manufacturers, service providers and others. Learn more at: http://www.atlantaesportsalliance.com/.
About AXR Edge, formerly Axis Replay
AXR Edge is the axis of experiences and a leader in high-tech entertainment and events for video games, esports and entertainment. Focused on in-person and virtual social experiences for gamers and their friends, AXR Edge exists to foster impactful personal and professional connections through the mutual love of video games. For more information about AXR Edge or venue booking visit: www.axredge.com
About Skillshot Media
Skillshot connects leading brands to engaged gaming fans while delivering positive social impact. We provide a turnkey esports solution for leading competitive titles, including online and offline tournament organization, industry-leading esports production, active community management and authentic brand integration and consulting for partners. Skillshot has more than five years of deep esports experience - hosting thousands of global competitors, paying out millions in tournament prizing and serving more than one billion esports views to date. www.skillshot.com
CSMG is an integrated sports and entertainment media company focused on esports and traditional sports in the new creator economy. We are an experienced, trusted results-driven team with a lens on what’s next. The focus of our business verticals - CSMG and ESPORTSU - is rooted in intellectual property rights management, acquisition, and development through media rights, Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL), valuation services, licensing and sponsorship sales. We offer expertise in developing communities through brand building, original content, and event production & management. We drive our partners’ success at the crossroads of tech, sports, entertainment, and video games. To learn more, visit us at https://collegiatesmg.com/.
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