Recreational esports league platform NXT UP Esports introduced Wednesday and opened registration for its very first league effort. The platform established by former TSM Director of Collaborations Luke Zelon is targeted at young gamers, with the goal of providing an arranged league structure, weekly practices, and teaching “best practices from expert esports groups and leagues” integrated with a “standard sports structure.”

Its inaugural effort, the Fall 2020 League, will feature League of Legends and is open to players 13-15 years of ages ranked Iron, Bronze, and Silver in the video game. The cost of entry into the league is $229 USD, with a portion of the fee used to money the NXT UP Esports Scholarship Program, a program to help university student interested in video gaming or esports surrounding profession courses with funds. Applications for the scholarship program open in January 2021 for the following school year.

NXT UP Esports has actually likewise partnered with emphasize capturing app GaZoom to provide players a way to record and share their top minutes from practices and games.

Prior to releasing NXT UP, Zelon worked as the director of collaborations at TSM, dealt with collaborations for Big league Soccer team the Los Angeles Football Club, and worked development work at esports-focused marketing company Driver Sports & Media.