Jake Tucker . Business . Thursday 17th August 2017 . 14:45
Tespa is expanding its college esports work, working in conjunction with game developers Psyonix and Blizzard.
In the broadest sense, Tespa is looking to offer more prizes, competitions and membership options for competitors, while also running more broadcasts for fans.
Tespa will be continuing to run Overwatch, Hearthstone and Heroes of the Storm contests, including its well known Heroes of the Dorm event, but this year will also emphasise Starcraft 2 and World of Warcraft events. Meanwhile, Tespa will be running a series of Rocket League competitions, working closely with the creators of the Football-but-broom-brrrroom esports hit, Psyonix.
Tespa are stepping into the big leagues now, offering around $1m in scholarship money to those who participate as opposed to the $150,000 prize pool offered in last year’s Overwatch and Hearthstone tournaments.
Tespa will also launch Tespa University, which they are describing “a central online hub to help students learn about all of Tespa’s programs and how to get involved.” which should help players to get into competing, which is good for grassroots esports.
Tespa has 65,000 members already competing, over 220 chapters at events around the USA and Canada. The organisation was formed at the University of Texas.