DreamHack AnaheimNews2020 Chel Invitation finals to be hosted on our main stage

2020 Chel Invitation finals to be hosted on our main stage

The thrill of hockey now extends from the ice to the computer, and the 2020 Chel Invitational offers hockey fans and esports players a chance to compete for scholarships and team prizes. 

NHL teams join forces with NASEF

NASEF, the North America Scholastic Esports Federation, is teaming up with the Anaheim Ducks, LA Kings, Vegas Golden Knights and Florida Panthers for this exciting event. Each team will each host a qualifying regional esports competition for youth and adults. Winners of those local events will receive a trip to Southern California to compete on-stage in a live finals event at DreamHack Anaheim. Scholarships, grants, and team prizes totalling more than $50,000 will be awarded.

Win scholarships and grants

In the Chel Invitational, high schoolers can win scholarships up to $2,000 for their own college education, plus grants up to $2,500 for their high schools. In addition to those given to NHL 20 gameplay winners, additional scholarships will be given to students who win analytic and creative “Beyond the Game” competitions with a hockey theme.

The youth focus is fantastic – this is a great way to connect with fans of all ages, encouraging their love of hockey and showing them how they can have related career paths on and off the ice.

Mark Deppe, commissioner, NASEF

Live finals on the main stage

The 2020 Chel Invitational will use EA Sports NHL 20 for concurrent Swiss-style brackets divided by region and platform (Xbox, Playstation). Each of the participating NHL teams will manage its local event for participants age 18 and up. We are thrilled that the live finals will be played on the DreamHack Anaheim main stage, February 22!

Anaheim Ducks Gaming

A newly-formed entity that focuses on creating relationships, fostering competition and building valuable skill sets through esports all while exposing new audiences to the sport of hockey. Participants in Anaheim Ducks Gaming events learn communication, teamwork, problem-solving, and other tools that are beneficial beyond just virtual reality. Adults in the Anaheim area can find information about the Ducks’ qualifier at anaheimducks.com/nhl20.

Vegas Golden Knights

The Vegas Golden Knights are excited to work with NASEF and Clark County schools on introducing and expanding the esports and tech curriculums in Nevada. The Vegas Golden Knights launched their own channel on Twitch in April 2018. The channel has featured streams with Golden Knights players competing alongside Golden Knights fans in NHL, FIFA, Fortnite, Mario Kart and other games. The timing and details for future streams can be found on the VGKTwitch homepage. 

LA Kings

The LA Kings are thrilled to work with NASEF and develop stronger bonds with their fans and provide them with the opportunity to win prizes, meet and greets, exclusive merchandise and the honor of representing the Kings at the 2020 Chel Invitational at Dreamhack in Anaheim. To sign up or for more information visit LAKings.com/CHEL.

Florida Panthers

The Florida Panthers begin their collaboration with esports and the avid gamers in South Florida and are excited to host their first-ever tournament. Working with local gaming centers and high schools in South Florida, the ultimate Panthers fan-gamer will win a trip to DreamHack Anaheim to represent the Club. Fans interested in participating or learning more about the Florida Panthers esports opportunities can sign up here.

High school students

High school students opt-in for the Invitational through the NASEF club at their high school or community-based organization. There are hundreds of locations across North America; establish a club for free if there isn’t one in your area yet. An additional bracket has been established to enable students to participate in this exciting tournament even if they live outside the four regions. NASEF never wants cost to be a factor in student participation, so it will provide the game and 3-month membership to the platform of choice (Xbox Live Gold or Playstation Plus) to the first 100 clubs that register.