In the pilot program, competitors will face off virtually in popular games such as Fortnite, Rocket League, Overwatch and Madden NFL. With registration now open, competition will begin Dec. 28, 2020.
Mayor Tim McGallian pitched the idea to the Parks and Recreation staff earlier this year.
“With the pandemic limiting our ability to recreate in person, eSports is the perfect venue for socializing while you social distance,” McGallian said. “Gamers of all levels can compete to encourage social interaction, foster friendships and take a break from reality. I’m thrilled that we can offer this pilot program for free to our community and explore further expansion in 2021.”
The league is divided into two age groups – 13- to 17-years-olds and 18+ – to maintain a balanced competitive environment. Players register through the city’s gaming partner, Mission Control, then select the game of choice in their age category to get a match scheduled. Prizes will include gift cards to Concord businesses.
The initial program is free, but players must own their own games and gaming consoles. For more information and to register, visit cityofconcord.org/eSports.
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