PRESS RELEASE

ESPN to Debut Weekly CEC: Countdown Friday, March 29

Week One Programming to Air on Various Digital Platforms and Hosted by Streamers Goldenboy and LeTigress

WHAT:        

ESPN will debut a weekly program, CEC: Countdown, Friday, March 29 at 9 p.m. ET leading into the first-ever ESPN Collegiate Esports Championship (CEC). The program will air on ESPN Esports’ Twitch, YouTube and Twitter as well as ESPN3 and will rotate hosts weekly.

Week One of CEC: Countdown will be hosted by professional esports commentators Goldenboy and LeTigress and include top stories from around the collegiate esports scene and highlights from the past week. Additionally, this week will feature several segments to get viewers excited for the main event in May, including:

  • This Is Esports: A look at the global growth of the esports industry as a whole. Esports is beginning to find its place in the pantheon of the professional sports industry and competitive gaming is starting to reach heights never seen before in the United States. As younger generations grow up, it could be even bigger than ever imagined.
  • The Rise of Collegiate Esports: The rise of esports has made an impact on the younger generations, which is leading colleges to help create and support sustainable esports efforts within their schools. Between the rise in scholarships, funding, donations and school backing, many college students are able to compete in esports at the collegiate level.
  • Intro to the CEC: Colleges from all around the country will compete in various titles such as Overwatch, Street Fighter™ V: Arcade Edition, Hearthstone, StarCraft II and Heroes of the Storm, for a chance to become the champion of each of their respective games across the collegiate ranks.

WHO:         

Alex “Goldenboy” Mendez is a professional esports commentator and host in multiple games including Call of Duty, Halo and most recently, Overwatch.

LeTigress works as a professional esports host and commentator and makes content on both YouTube and Twitch.

WHEN:       

Friday, March 29 at 9 p.m. ET

WHERE:
Twitch.tv/ESPNEsports
YouTube.com/ESPN_Esports
Twitter.com/ESPN_Esports
ESPN3

*For more information on the CEC, please visit espnevents.com.

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Media Contact:

Olivia Wilson, ESPN Communications, 213-405-4145, [email protected]


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