Learfield IMG College and Electronic Arts Present ‘Level Next’ Collegiate Esports League

Intercollegiate athletics media and technology services company Learfield IMG College and Electronic Arts are partnering to launch a new collegiate esports league called Level Next, The College Esports League. The league is part of a multiyear partnership between Learfield IMG College and EA that will feature at least one of EA’s esports franchise video game titles and acts as the official home for EA’s collegiate esports champions.

Supporting more than 2.5K schools, Level Next will start with the Fall Champions Series featuring EA SPORTS Madden NFL 21. Competition begins on Nov. 9. This competition will last for eight-weeks, comprising a regular season, playoffs and a championship, in which one team will be crowned national champion. The Fall Champions Series will have a  total prize pool of $150K USD with more than $30K being awarded directly to campus esports programs through a social marketing competition.

Level Next will host multiple seasons each year and feature various competitive game titles from different publishers.

The Level Next Fall Champions Series matches and weekly programming will be broadcast on its official Twitch channel and website, with additional outlets and locations to be announced later.