Blizzard Entertainment is partnering with The eSports Association to bring event funding and foster growth among college eSports groups in North America, TeSPA announced today.
The Membership Milestone program will see Blizzard backing official TeSPA college chapters with funding and granting access to promotional materials, including event production equipment and customized banners to be used on their college campus. With its involvement, Blizzard is aiming to bolster these eSports communities and allow them to host more local gaming events.
"TeSPA has been a positive force in the eSports community built from the ground up by a small group of dedicated fans," Blizzard CEO and co-founder Mike Morhaime said in a press statement. "By partnering with TeSPA we hope to give back to the players in a very new way to add fuel to an already thriving collegiate scene."
"Our goal is to empower passionate students to bring their eSports dreams to life," TeSPA co-founder Adam Rosen added. "By doing this, we hope to cultivate thriving eSports communities while fostering the next generation of entrepreneurial business leaders in the gaming industry."
TeSPA's current plans under Blizzard's program include targeting chapters at the 75 most influential campuses with student gaming programs, as well as establishing new chapters across the country this year. Open recruitment for TeSPA membership and benefits begins today; interested parties can find a group to join or apply to launch a new group through the TeSPA website.