ESPN’s First Collegiate Esports Championship heads to Comicpalooza

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ESPN’s First Collegiate Esports Championship heads to Comicpalooza

ESPN will hold the first Collegiate Esports Championship in Houston, Texas at Comicpalooza on Friday, May 10th through Sunday, May 12th.

ESPN’s inaugural presentation of their Collegiate Esports Championships (CEC) will take place at Comicpalooza, in Houston, Texas this May. The event held qualifiers hosted by Collegiate StarLeague and Tespa and will show off collegiate talent in the heart of Houston starting on May 10th.

Additionally, the CEC provides opportunities for college-level esports teams to compete against one another in a variety of esports in order to win scholarships for their teams. The event includes matchups in Overwatch, Street Fighter V, Hearthstone, Starcraft II, and Heroes of the Storm.

Michael Heckman, Comicpalooza President, had this to say on ESPN’s decision to hold the CEC at one of Houston’s most prominent cons:

“We are honored ESPN has chosen Houston and Comicpalooza for their inaugural Collegiate Esports Championship. Each year we strive to provide unique experiences for our different pop culture fandoms. Esports is undoubtedly popular and expanding. Teaming up with ESPN to bring the CEC here allows us to engage our audiences in a completely new, exciting way.”

Comicpalooza bills themselves Houston’s largest entertainment and pop-culture event. In addition to the CEC, this year’s Comicapalooza will see Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke, Wilmer Valderrama, Star Trek legend Michael Dorn, and (everyone’s favorite) Billy Zane in attendance as well.

Additionally, ESPN will stream the CEC on Twitch at


Nick Johnson
Nick "Lesona" Johnson is an esports journalist with a focus on CS:GO and the OWL. His interest for esports started with CS:S and grew into a career as both an esports writer and an avid fan, giving him a unique perspective on both the casual and professional scenes. Twitter: @Lesona_