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Esports Tournaments and Camps


Esports tournaments are computer game competitions between two teams of 5–6 players. Teams duel each other in popular games like League of Legends (LoL), Overwatch and Fortnite to determine the winner. While a ticket to the LoL World Championships might cost you $70, most amateur and professional esports events are between $10–20 to participate or spectate. In some cases, tournaments accept gaming credits from players as an entry fee. In most cases, college esports tournaments have jackpots that range from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars. In the professional sector, top esports players earn millions in prize money, advertising, sponsorships and salaries. Use our list below to find an esport tournament or camp near you.

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Game Gym
Calendar icon Jul 5, 2022 Jul 8, 2022
Herndon, VA
Ages / Grade Level: 9yr – 18yr
$449
Esporterz
Calendar icon Jul 5, 2022 Jul 8, 2022
Larkspur, CA
Ages / Grade Level: 7yr – 17yr
$499
Camp Localhost
Calendar icon Jul 5, 2022 Jul 8, 2022
Fullerton, CA
Ages / Grade Level: 9yr – 17yr
$251
Game Gym
Calendar icon Jul 5, 2022 Jul 8, 2022
North Bethesda, MD
Ages / Grade Level: 9yr – 18yr
$449
Game Gym
Calendar icon Jul 5, 2022 Jul 8, 2022
North Bethesda, MD
Ages / Grade Level: 9yr – 18yr
$449

FAQs about esports tournaments and camps

Why should you attend esports tournaments?

If you’re serious about playing esports in college, watching the best teams in the world can help you finetune your strategy and skills. It can be beneficial to watch a professional player in League of Legends or Overwatch or Hearthstone and try to emulate what they do.

As a competitor, there are many recruiting benefits of entering an esports tournament. College esports programs often host open events on their campuses. To find new recruits, coaches often attend high school esports tournaments or stream them on Twitch. If you perform well at a tournament and catch an esports coach’s eye, you may be invited to attend a tryout to see how well you play with the team. If you impress during the tryout, you may be offered a spot on the team. In some cases, you may even be offered an esports scholarship.

What are the biggest esports tournaments?

Each year, more and more people watch esports leagues and tournaments around the world. In 2018, global esports viewership totaled nearly 400 million. Esports have become so popular that ESPN established the College Esports Championship in 2019. The inaugural esports event drew college students from across North America to compete for scholarships. Here’s a list of some of the biggest esports tournaments in the world. 

In general, the most watched esports genres tend to be multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA), first-person shooter (FPS) and real-time strategy (RTS). Keep in mind that as the sport develops and new titles and technologies emerge, this list of events will likely change in the near future. For example, Battlefy provides additional esports tournament and competition information on its site. 

Where are esports tournaments held?

Esports leagues and tournaments take place across the United States and around the world. In general, the most popular professional esports events are held in arenas, convention centers and hotels on the West Coast and in Southeast Asia. Cosmopolitan cities like Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Seoul, Busan, Tokyo, Mumbai, Delhi, Bangkok, Shanghai, Singapore, Hong Kong and Sydney host the biggest esports tournaments every year.

College esports tournaments and competitions typically take place on the host school’s campus or in a rented-out space. In May 2019, the inaugural Collegiate Esports Championship took place at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston.

Esports camps

An esports camp provides an opportunity to improve all aspects of your game. You get to learn how to prepare for and navigate high-pressure situations. So much of esports is instinctually oriented, so it’s important to be mentally prepared for those moments so that you can rely on those instincts. Instructors also know how important it is to manage your emotions while playing and will help you learn how to manage yours. Communication is pivotal as well. An esports camp will provide you with the ability to learn how to improve and put into practice your communication and leadership skills.

Gamer camps are starting to take place in greater numbers throughout the country. The cost of an esports camp varies and depends on factors such as its length, whether accommodations are included and the quality of the instructors. Their costs will generally range from $100 to $4,000. Many are privately run, but some are hosted by universities. UC Irvine hosts one of the latter types. Any that are taking place at a school that you’re considering should shoot towards the top of your list of esports camps.

Esports camp options

Typing “esports camp near me” into your preferred search engine will provide you with several useful resources. However, before you do that, browse the below selection of many of the country’s most prestigious.

Esports Camps has a three-pronged philosophy for its campers: to become a better player, learn how to be a good teammate and develop your skills while away from the game. The latter point relates to things such as mindfulness exercises and preventative exercises to help you avoid overuse or other injuries. Its camps are generally four days long, for those 13-19 years old and focus on League of Legends. Prices tend to range from $300-$700.

Pure Esports offers a five-day summer esports camp for those in grades 4-12 for $200. The values of balanced decision making, communication and strategy are some of its focuses. The games that are played here are League of Legends and Overwatch. It’s held in Gilbert, Ariz.

Axis Replay, which is located in Atlanta, offers four weeks of esports camps within a six-week span every summer. The cost ranges from $900 for a week to $2,200 for four weeks. Discounts are provided to those who take advantage of early registration. Health and tutorials are a focus as well as gaming activities. Campers will either learn two games a day, one game a day or one game a week, depending on their skill level. The most skilled will focus on one game a week.

USA Esports Academy offers an impressive selection of camps in locales throughout the country. One example is its Fornite Camp, which is for those 13-14 years old. It’s held in Los Angeles, New York, Miami, Houston and Ann Arbor, Mich. This camp focuses on safe practices, game design and improving skills and strategy.

Esports training

What types of training take place at a video gaming camp? Much of the time that’s spent at video game camps involves taking part in scrims and gameplay. At other times, campers watch professionals and each other play and analyze their decisions with the assistance of video game camp directors. Learning and practicing special combinations and how quickly those can be entered are often done as well. The teaching of healthy habits is often a focus. You should regularly stretch your hands and use proper ergonomics so that carpal tunnel and similar issues can be mitigated and prevented.

Gaming camp: What to bring

Prior to heading to a gaming camp, research what you must bring and what you can leave home. These regulations can vary a bit from esports camp to esports camp. For some gaming camps, you may need to arrive with an account already set up. Meanwhile, a gaming computer, keyboard, mouse and monitor might be provided. You may need to bring your own headset. Food is generally provided. If you’re staying at an overnight gaming camp, see if bedding will be given or if you must bring your own.

Official recruiting services partner

NCSA is a recruiting services company that has helped more than 200,000 student-athletes earn spots on college teams since it was founded in 2000. NCSA is also intimately involved with college esports recruiting as it’s the official recruiting services partner of the NACE. Those who work for NCSA understand the nuances of esports recruiting and are dedicated to using that knowledge to help high school students use their skills to secure places on college varsity teams.

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