Gamers looking to take their video game skills to the next level are in luck. Esports is booming, offering more opportunities for gamers to showcase their skills, win prizes, and gain sponsorships that can help launch a successful Esports career.

That’s right, career. Video games are no longer just a hobby — they’re a viable way for avid gamers to earn a living, thanks to major tournaments.

League of Legends players had the opportunity to become one step closer to their professional career by participating in the Unified Esports Association’s (UEA) first Tier 1 event of the Spring: the “Unified Grand Prix.” The UEA has partnered with the League of Legends Championship Series (LCS) to host this week-long event from February 22nd-March 3rd of 2021.

The top ten teams from the Tier 2 Tournaments in the 2021 LCS Proving Grounds Circuits qualified for the tournament, as well as the 7th and 8th seeded teams from the Spring 2021 Academy season. They competed for a $20,000 prize pool, with the team No Org ultimately winning the tournament.

“The purpose of this event is to provide a platform for players to compete at the highest level, before taking the next step as a professional League of Legends player,” the UEA described. “UEA empowers esport organizations and players through our platform to help them take that next step into the professional scene.”

These tournaments also bring together a global community that shares a common interest. Fans and supporters could watch all the action on Twitch from the comfort and safety of their own homes. Even amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, esports allows people to participate in team sports and work together given the nature of video games.

Esports events like the Unified Grand Prix are made possible by audio video conferencing systems and advanced technology. IVCi is proud to assist organizations like UEA in getting the systems and setups they need to host worldwide tournaments.

So if you are ready to begin your esports journey — whether it’s starting a program at your college/university, or giving your team the competitive edge to perform on a professional level, IVCi Engage can help get you there. As your full service technology partner, we can assist with developing state of the art labs, setting up training facilities and venues, and securing the grants needed to start a program.

You can get started by contacting an IVCi esports expert, or walking through the ENGAGE Esports Configurator — either way, we’re here to help you discover the power of a technologically advanced esports environment.

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