The mobile eSports market has been growing steadily in the last couple of months, and Vainglory has been in the pole position since day one.
The popular mobile MOBA, created by developer Super Evil Megacorp, has been establishing itself in the industry by partnering up with other members such as Twitch, Amazon, and NVIDIA, and is now going for a new milestone in its “carrier” by creating its own collegiate eSports league.
A new frontier for the company
Super Evil Megacorp announced yesterday that it’s partnering up with Collegiate StarLeague for a Vainglory collegiate league. The news comes just a week after Blizzard finished its Heroes of the Dorm tournament, another collegiate league with the popular PC MOBA Heroes of the Storm.
In a similar fashion as Heroes of the Dorm, the Vainglory collegiate league will offer students a chance to win scholarship money, but so far the total prize money has not yet been revealed. A start date has not yet been made public either.
To give a glimpse of what to expect from the league, Collegiate StarLeague will hold a first-ever Vainglory Exhibition at PAX East in Boston and will feature teams from Boston University, UMass Amherst, UMass Lowell, and Westfield State University.
Those four teams will face off in a best of one semis and a best of three finals. The tournament will take place at the Twitch Stage from 1:30 p.m. and will also be streamed live on Twitch.
Collegiate StarLeague has been leading the collegiate competition scene for more than six years, paying out more than $250,000 in scholarship prizes to players in popular games like League of Legends, Dota 2, and Hearthstone.
Colleges a canny move for the mobile MOBA
Vainglory is so far the only mobile MOBA to achieve wide eSports fame, with thousands of dollars in prize money and an international presence.
This is why entering the collegiate eSports scene is a smart move, especially since the age bracket represents a major portion of the game’s fan base.