The Collegiate Star League has announced that they are partnering with EA Sports to host Challenger Events with the Madden Championship Series. Students from across North America will be able to represent their school and have a shot at $10,000 in prize money.
The winners of the online portion on the CSL website will advance to the inaugural Midwest Campus Clash at Columbia College in Missouri on April 8.
“We’re so excited to be adding EA SPORTS Madden NFL 17 to CSL’s offering of competitive leagues and tournaments. It’s one of the most popular titles not only on campus, but around the world and we listened to the community to add it as our first console game,” says Duran Parsi, CEO of the Collegiate StarLeague.
Registration is already open for the league, which begins on February 11. This tournament represents CSL's first foray into console gaming and will be available on both PS4 and Xbox One. This sevent will use Draft Champions, and the top four from each console will be flown out to the finals to crown a Collegiate champion.
Collegiate esports continue to rise across multiple games, with several schools having already set up scholarship programs to fund the best student-athletes around the country. While none of them currently have Madden divisions, initiatives like this could encourage their expansion beyond League of Legends.
EA has been bullish about making Madden into an esports title this past year, announcing a $1m tournament circuit - and partnerships like this are only going to solidify its position.