U SPORTS, the national brand of university sports in Canada, is proud to announce a groundbreaking three-year partnership with CSL Esports, operator of the nation’s largest collegiate esports league.

Headlining the new partnership is the launch of U SPORTS Gaming, which will debut with a preliminary event this summer, followed by official competition beginning in the fall.

“We are excited to form this unique partnership with CSL Esports and launch an initiative that is the first of its kind in our history. U SPORTS Gaming will expand the programming offered by our members beyond traditional sports competition, while also creating additional opportunities for engagement on campus beyond our 14,000 student-athletes in a rapidly-growing and cutting-edge industry.” 

Dick White - U SPORTS Interim CEO

Currently, 22 U SPORTS member institutions have active teams participating in various CSL leagues. The organization also recently announced its own multi-company partnership with the National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE) and other industry leaders (Nerd Street, Mainline), to establish the NACE Starleague, which will become the largest collegiate esports league in North America with more than 14,500 students from 600 colleges and universities.

“This alignment with U SPORTS is a clear partnership that helps continue CSL Esports’ mission to build more sustainable collegiate esports programs,” said CSL Esports CEO, Rob Johnson. “We look forward to helping U SPORTS’ member institutions build on their successes, provide new opportunities and to connect North American partners with U SPORTS Gaming.”