Playfly Esports and the National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE) are bringing their NACE Starleague Varsity Premier League Grand Finals to Butler University’s Esports Park this weekend, April 29-20. The two-day competition will feature teams from colleges and universities across the U.S. and Canada vying for title championships.
Seven major titles will be decided this weekend— Rocket League, Overwatch 2, Super Smash Bros Ultimate, Rainbow Six Siege, League of Legends, CS:GO and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II.
“We couldn’t think of a better location to host NACE Starleague’s next Grand Finals than Butler’s impressive Esports Park,” said Curtis Winger, Vice President of Operations at Playfly Esports. “The momentum built during the Fall season has the Playfly Esports team energized to continue taking NACE Starleague to new levels and we look forward to working alongside Butler University to create another highly engaging, live collegiate esports championship.”
“The NACE Starleague Grand Finals is the capstone to the efforts of over 340 collegiate esports teams in our Varsity Premier division and we are very happy to bring our finals to the Indianapolis community,” said Michael Brooks, Executive Director at NACE. “We look forward to an exciting conclusion to our spring season and hosting more events for our member schools.”
“Butler University is thrilled to host the Spring 2023 Grand Finals at our new state-of-the-art Esports Park,” said Eric Kammeyer, Butler University’s Director of Esports and Gaming Technology. “Indianapolis has a long tradition of hosting major sporting events—including the Indy 500, Super Bowl, and multiple Final Fours—and is well on its way to establishing itself as a hub in the sports technology sector. I’m excited that Butler can serve as host and showcase Indy to competitors, sponsors, and spectators. I know that our community shares my excitement and is eager to welcome this inspiring event.”
The teams competing for championships this weekend qualified for the Grand Finals by advancing through a playoff system. The schedule of events and participating teams are:
Saturday, April 29, 2023
12:00 PM ET – League of Legends: Best of 3
Maryville vs. St. Clair
3:00 PM ET – Rocket League: Best of 7
Northwood University vs. West Virginia University
4:00 PM ET – Overwatch: Best of 5
Maryville University vs. Boise State University
5:30 PM ET – Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: Best of 3 (Crews)
Stony Brook University vs. Northwood University
Sunday, April 30, 2023
12:00 PM ET – Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II: Best of 7
Northwood University vs. Oklahoma Christian University
2:00 PM ET – CS:GO: Best of 3
Drexel University vs. Rochester Institute of Technology
5:00 PM ET – Rainbow Six Siege: Best of 3
Davenport University vs. James Madison University
Attendance for all fans and spectators will be free across both days of competition. Butler’s Esports Park is located on campus at 4702 Sunset Avenue. The matches will also be broadcast on the NACE Starleague Twitch channel.
NACE announced that they will return to Indianapolis for their National Convention July 11-13, 2023. Information about the convention is available online.