Intercollegiate athletics media and technology services company Learfield IMG College formally announced additional partners for Level Next, its collegiate esports league in collaboration with Electronic Arts and Endeavor announced in late-October.
Learfield has named esports tournament software and management company Mainline and Vindex-owned turnkey esports operations firm Esports Engine as the latest partners for the league, which kicked off competition this month using Madden NFL 21. Both Mainline and Esports Engine have been working with Learfield behind the scenes in building out Level Next in preparation for competition prior to this announcement.
Esports Engine will serve as the broadcast and production partner delivering more than “70 hours of broadcast content throughout the Fall Champions Series,” while Mainline will provide infrastructure and overall management of the various competitions.
Round 2: Conference/Regional Play began Monday and will run through Dec. 18, with winners from each school competing as a team against other schools in the conference or region. This round follows the initial Fall Champions Series’ qualifying tournaments that were held Nov. 9-20. Round 3: Conference/Regional Championships will run from Jan. 4-9, followed by Round 4: Championship play from Jan. 13-17.