XP League in partnership with Carolina Games Summit will co-host the first major in-person esports event in 2021 at the Raleigh Convention Center from August 6-8. XP League will be hosting its inaugural North American Finals while the Carolina Games Summit will host its 15th annual esports and gaming event.
“We are excited to announce our first live 2021 esports event will debut in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, a city known for its game development, esports, and tech companies,” said Michael Everett, Creative Director for Carolina Games Summit, in a press release. “The Raleigh Convention Center and Sheraton Raleigh Hotel give us access to the incredible technology and massive amount of space required to host the 2021 XP League North American Finals and Carolina Games Summit simultaneously.”
Carolina Games Summit has been hosting esports events since 2006, but their downtown Raleigh debut will quadruple the size of last year’s event by expanding to over 50,000 square feet of ballroom space. Over 30 esports tournaments across all competitive genres will be showcased on “hundreds of consoles and high end PCs.”
In addition to tournaments, speakers and educational sessions will cover topics such as game development, esports, and technology. Exhibitor booths, local artists, cosplay, tabletop gaming, and unlimited freeplay on the “latest consoles and PC hardware” will be available. Carolina Games Summit ticket holders will also have the ability to watch the XP League North American Finals live on August 7 and 8.
XP League’s North American Finals will include 32 of their top performing teams from the United States and Canada. It’s the first of its kind for children in this age group, with over 224 kids aged 8-15 years old.
“XPL’s North American Finals are positioned to set a new standard of competitive gaming championships for school age kids. It’s the crown jewel of the XP League model and invites the best of the best to meet in a fun, positive, and professional experience,” said XP League CEO, Jay Melamed. “I’m beyond excited to welcome these young, yet phenomenal, esports athletes to our home town in such a big way. I know that what we have planned, together with Carolina Games Summit (CGS) and Greater Raleigh Esports Local Organizing Committee (GRELOC), will be on a whole new level. Raleigh and CGS have been wonderful to work with and are bringing our vision to life. We have put all the right pieces in place for this to be the Little League World Series of esports.”
Loren Gold, Executive Vice President for Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau and Co-Chair of GRELOC, added: “[GRELOC] has not stopped advocating for, hosting and supporting esports and gaming programs before, during, or after the global pandemic. With highly successful events from the R6 Major Raleigh, the Triangle Esports Championship to the online PUBG Mobile competition, as we move to recovery and return to live event activations, we couldn’t be more thrilled with out partnership with Carolina Games Summit and XP League.”
CGS tickets are available to the public and can be purchased either online or at the door.