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26 Rising and Florida Tech Esports Forge Strategic Partnership

May 1, 2024

Detroit, MI - May 1, 2024 - 26 Rising, a prominent Detroit-based gaming organization, is thrilled to announce a dynamic partnership with Florida Tech Esports, a leading institution renowned for its dedication to excellence in academia and esports.

This strategic alliance signifies a shared commitment to fostering talent, advancing esports education, and providing unparalleled opportunities for collegiate gamers. Through this collaboration, 26 Rising will leverage its expertise to aid Florida Tech Esports in player recruitment and scholarship offers, empowering students to pursue their passion for gaming while excelling academically.

At the heart of this partnership lies a dedication to cultivating the next generation of esports professionals. By tapping into 26 Rising's extensive network and experience in the gaming industry, Florida Tech Esports will further enhance its ability to nurture talent and facilitate the holistic development of its student-athletes. The partnerships immediate focus will be to bolster a competitive Rocket League team.

"We are thrilled to join forces with Florida Tech Esports in our mission to empower aspiring gamers and elevate the collegiate esports landscape," said Stephen Juncaj, President at 26 Rising. "This partnership represents an exciting opportunity to bridge the gap between high school and collegiate esports, providing students with the support and resources they need to succeed both in-game and out of the game."

Florida Tech Esports boasts a state-of-the-art facility dedicated to providing students with a world-class gaming experience. With a two-story, 5,700 square foot space equipped with 60 gaming PCs, various consoles, student lounges, a competition stage, and production facilities, the university offers an unparalleled environment for esports enthusiasts to thrive and excel.

"We are proud to partner with 26 Rising as we continue to expand our esports program and provide our students with the resources they need to succeed," said Danielle Sirekis, Director of Esports at Florida Tech. "This collaboration underscores our commitment to offering a comprehensive esports experience that combines academic excellence with competitive gaming."

Throughout the partnership, both organizations will collaborate on a series of events and initiatives aimed at enriching the collegiate esports community and empowering students to pursue their passions. From competitions and tournaments to educational workshops and networking opportunities, this collaboration will create a vibrant ecosystem where students can thrive and excel.

About 26 Rising:

26 Rising ("Twenty Six Rising") is an online gaming organization and gaming lifestyle brand based out of Detroit, Michigan. The brands unique name pays tribute to Michigan being the 26th State to gain statehood and to the rising spirit of Detroit.

About Florida Institute of Technology:

Florida Tech is a leading institution committed to excellence in both academia and esports. With a dedicated esports facility, world-class academics, and knowledgeable staff and coaches, Florida Tech Esports provides students with a comprehensive esports experience that combines competitive gaming with academic excellence.

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