Philadelphia, PA – Philadelphia Fusion University and Julian Krinsky Camps & Programs (JKCP) are excited to announce that the JKCP Esports Camp, powered by N3rd Street Gamers Academy (NSG) of Philadelphia, will be the Official Training Camp of the Philadelphia Fusion University team.
The Philadelphia Fusion, owned and managed by Comcast Spectator, represents Philadelphia in the professional Overwatch league, a Blizzard Entertainment game that has gained a worldwide audience. The Philadelphia Fusion has launched Fusion University, the academy team and pipeline of up and coming talent for the Fusion. This strategy will boost the team's competitive edge and help with recruitment as the franchise grows.
Fusion University’s team, of currently eight players and their coaches, will come together to attend the camp side-by-side with the other students enrolled in JKCP’s esports camp the weeks of July 8-21 & July 22-Aug 4, 2018. The Fusion University team will benefit from having the time to work together in person and build their strength working as a one unit. Additionally, their presence at the camp will have benefits that will be much more far reaching; the fan experience alone will be once in a lifetime, training and making connections with some of the top players in the world and gaining their insight into the sport will be invaluable to gamers interested in competing or building a career in esports.
JKCP’s esports camp will offer gamers a unique opportunity, not only molding talented young players into seasoned competitors and taking their game to the next level but giving them the once in a lifetime chance to play, train and learn alongside these talented Fusion University players. "The Fusion are excited to be a part of the Julian Krinsky Camps and continuing to build the esports foundation in Philadelphia,” said Hung Tran, Director of Marketing for the Philadelphia Fusion. “We feel this is the perfect opportunity to help the next generation of esports athletes and also a great chance for the fans to interact with the future of the Fusion. Elijah (@Elk) Gallagher our team captain, Kyung-bo (@Alarm) Kim, Seung-jun (@WhoRU) Lee and the rest of Fusion University are internationally recognized as some of the top Overwatch players in the world, and we are excited to have them experiencing the rich culture of Philadelphia alongside the other JKCP students this summer."
“With nearly $7 million dollars in scholarships being awarded from over 40 universities in the United States and close to $1 billion in tournament prize money handed out in 2017, there is no denying that esports has become a booming industry with an ever increasing list of professional opportunities for young athletes to explore as players and industry professionals”, said Sarah Ohanesian, Chief Marketing Officer at JKCP. She continued, “The goal of the JKCP and NSG Academy summer camp is to help mold young players into the best they can be, help them achieve their potential and educate them on how they can build a career in this thriving industry.”
The camp will help students identify gaming strengths, as well as design, compete in and produce a professional grade championship tournament event. “What sets this camp apart from others is the groundbreaking strategy to explore collegiate and professional opportunities within the ecosystem of esports”, said John Fazio founder of NSG. He added, “We will delve into all facets of the industry, through exposure to industry giants (Ex: Riot Games, Tencent, Activision Blizzard, Valve, Twitch.tv, Electronic Arts) and workshops with industry professionals. This will help young players gain insight into career networking, esports team building, media exposure, tournament marketing and the business of esports.”
There are two multi-week camp sessions available starting either July 8-21 or July 22-Aug 4, 2018; players must be between 10-13 or 14-18 years old to apply. During each session, students and instructors will choose their favorite game and train for an end of session tournament that culminates in a professional-grade, live-streamed championship match. Some of the games featured will include Dota 2 (MOBA), Overwatch (FPS), Starcraft (RTS), and Rocket League & FIFA (Sports). Residential students get the real collegiate experience, living at prestigious Philadelphia area universities in air-conditioned residence halls and enjoying on campus meals in the dining halls. Students will be transported daily to and from N3rd Street Academy in Philadelphia.
For more information on this program, visit www.jkcp.com/esports
About Julian Krinsky Camps & Programs: Julian Krinsky Camps & Programs (JKCP) is pleased to welcome N3rd Street Gamers into our family of summer programs. For more that 40 years JKCP has been helping families from across the country and over 50 countries around the globe create a summer camp experience that impacts their future, building skills for a lifetime. They run sports, academic, art, technology, pre-college, cooking and business summer programs at the University of Pennsylvania, Villanova University, Haverford College and now available for the 2018 season Yale University. www.jkcp.com.
About Comcast Spectacor: Comcast Spectacor is a professional sports and live entertainment company that is part of Comcast Corporation, a global media and technology leader that operates Comcast Cable and NBCUniversal. Headquartered in Philadelphia, Comcast Spectacor owns and operates the Wells Fargo Center arena and complex, as well as a portfolio of professional sports teams that includes the National Hockey League’s Philadelphia Flyers, the Overwatch League’s Philadelphia Fusion, the National Lacrosse League’s Philadelphia Wings and the Maine Mariners of the ECHL. Comcast Spectacor also holds strategic interest in several partner companies spanning the sports and entertainment landscape, including Spectra, Learfield, Xfinity Live! Philadelphia and N3rd Street Gamers. Visit us at ComcastSpectacor.com for more information.
About N3rd Street Gamers: N3rd Street Gamers is a Philadelphia esports network focused on serving semi-professional, amateur, and developing gamers. Founded in 2009 by entrepreneurs John Fazio and Rob Hilsky, the NSG team’s goal is to empower competitive video game communities with resources to grow. What started as just a gaming venue has become full service gaming equipment, tournament administration, and broadcast services to gamer communities in Philadelphia including Fragadelphia, Cheeseadelphia, Go For Broke, Brotherly Brawl, and most recently the Eastern Conference Championship with events spanning three cities and multiple games. NSG is headquartered at Localhost Arena in Northern Liberties. With backing from top sports tech venture capital firm, SeventySix Capital, led by MLB World Series Champion Ryan Howard, NSG is laying a national framework for esports talent development.