Many people revolve around their lives in sports and athleticism. Sports contribute a lot to people’s development by instilling specific values such as discipline, teamwork, and camaraderie. It also helps nurture emotional values. Physical activity helps relieve one’s negative emotions and brings catharsis. Moreover, sports can be a way to foster communal relationships among the players, a value that The North American Collegiate League (NACL) aims to develop and cultivate.
The North American Collegiate League (NACL) is an America-based non-profit Esports and entertainment organization that hosts and streams video game tournaments and league play for collegiate Esports competitors with scholarship prizes. This serves to create a relationship between the players, especially those looking to enter the scene, and even those who do not entirely know what the Esports industry has to offer them.
One of the most exciting news for The North American Collegiate League is its partnership with global magnate Lawrence Chia. Mr. Chia is currently the Samling Group of Companies’ CEO, a $10B conglomerate with holdings in automobiles, real estate, timber, infrastructure, financial services, and fuel production. Aside from this, Samling boasts a worldwide architecture and more than 15,000 employees. He’s also a Non-Executive Director of BC Technology Group Limited, a powerhouse on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Before joining Samling, Lawrence served as CEO of Deloitte China. Lawrence’s career has been in lockstep with China’s economic development, growth, and globalization; thus, the NACL intends to harness this relationship and corner the APAC region.
With these recent developments, NACL President David Chen takes pride in joining forces with Lawrence Chia, whom he also considers his mentor. President David Chen further reiterates the importance of having Lawrence Chia onboard. He is considered as one of the most influential and forward-thinking people in the Far East’s entirety. Chia’s presence in this organization further cements and propels NACL’s standing as a rising global power in the field of esports. Without a doubt, a brighter future awaits NACL and the activities under this organization.
The NACL is already hailed as the forerunner in Asian esports partnership with Huomao and iSunTV, bearing exclusive rights for streaming throughout Asia. At present, the North American Collegiate League has streaming TV rights in 7 countries in Asia: China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Macau, Japan, and South Korea. Through the partnership with Chia, NACL champions the cause of esports and the NACL, particularly in new economic and industrial sectors.
One of the North American Collegiate League’s visions is to bridge the gap between traditional sports and esports. With the dawn of digital technology, the platform of certain activities inevitably changes. The shift of sports to a more digital setting is a testament to the modernization of traditional sports. Although different in medium, these two types of sports uphold the same values: good sportsmanship, teamwork among the team, camaraderie, and discipline over work ethics. As such, the NACL strives hard to highlight the same values in the field of esports.
Check out NACL’s official website for more information.
Opinions expressed by NY Weekly contributors are their own.