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If you’re part of a varsity or club-level collegiate esports team at your university, we have a great opportunity for you! The National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE) is partnering with Hi-Rez Studios to hold a collegiate SMITE tournament at DreamHack Atlanta with $50,000 in scholarship prizing on the line.

There are 26 registration spots left open for college-level esports teams that meet the participation requirements. Below, you’ll find all the information you need to know regarding prerequisites for signing up, tournament structure, and how to participate. Register now to begin your esports journey on the Battleground of the Gods!

Registration will close at midnight on September 28, 2018.


NACE SMITE Championship Participation Requirements


In order to be eligible to participate in the NACE championships for SMITE, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Part-time or full-time student according to your university’s standards
  • Attending a US or Canadian college or university
  • Minimum of 6 credit hours this fall
  • Minimum 2.00 cumulative GPA on 4.00 scale

Both NACE and non-NACE schools can participate, but players on a team MUST attend the same US or Canadian college or university. Players who participate in the NACE championship for SMITE may not compete in the NACE Championship for Paladins.

There are no entry fees for registering, and all eligible teams will receive five God Packs to add to their account following successful registration.

If you and your teammates meet the requirements listed above, check out the next section to see how you can sign up to participate in this collegiate SMITE circuit!


How to Register for the NACE SMITE Championship


Signing up for the collegiate SMITE Championship is easy! If you meet the listed requirements above, all you need to do is follow these steps:

Step 1: Visit the NACE SMITE Toornament page and click the “Register to the Tournament” button at the top.

Step 2: Provide your team information and primary contact info.

Step 3: Provide player information and contact info for all 5 players on your starting roster, as well as your substitute player (if applicable).

That’s all there is to it! Once again, registration for this tournament is 100% free of charge for all college students who are interested in participating.

Registration is now open, and will close at midnight on September 28. 


NACE SMITE Championships Tournament Format & Prizing


After registration has closed, the NACE SMITE Championship games will begin on October 1. The tournament format for these games will be as follows:

  • Double-elimination bracket with 32 teams
  • Best-of-one (Bo1) matchups

Matches will be held twice a week on Tuesdays and Saturdays at 6:00 PM ET (5:00 PM CT / 3:00 PM PT), starting on October 1 and ending on October 31.

If you make it to the end of the bracket, the national championship will be held on November 17 at DreamHack Atlanta 2018 — and those matches will be broadcast to all our live streaming platforms on

With $50,000 in scholarship prizes on the line, the first place team will receive $8,000 in prizing for each player on their roster. The second place team will receive $2,000 in prizing for each player on their roster.

If you get eliminated before the championships, though, don’t fret! Eliminated teams will have the option to participate in the Gem Cup for virtual currency prizes. For more information on this cup — as well as brackets and updates on the main circuit — visit the NACE SMITE Championship Toornament page!



That’s all you need to know to get involved at the collegiate level with NACE and SMITE! For further announcements and registration reminders follow us on Twitter @SmitePro. And more college esports goodness, follow @NACesports to get updates on new opportunities at the university level!