Nerd Street Gamers, SoFi partner with Riot to introduce $50,000 collegiate League and TFT tournaments

Gamify your college tuition.

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College fees are far from the definition of fun. But if you’re great at League of Legends or Teamfight Tactics, you now have a chance for a more enjoyable way to clear some of your tuition.

Personal finance app SoFi is partnering with Nerd Street Gamers and Riot Games to bring the Meta Melee series to life, which comes with a twist: The prize pool consists of payments toward the cost of school or investment opportunities.

Separate events will offer different methods of reward. For the events that offer money toward the cost of school, the “prize winnings can be applied directly toward your college tuition or paying down student loan debt,” according to Nerd Street Gamers’ official events page.

In the tournaments that offer the opportunity for investment, winners will be required to open up a free SoFi Active Invest account with prizes “converted into shares or other securities.”

The $50,000 prize pool will be spread over a total of eight events. The League tournaments offer a typical game on Summoner’s Rift or five-vs-five ARAM, while TFT battles will be solo.

To qualify, players have to be above 18 years old and be enrolled in a four-year college or university. Sign-up and entry are free. More information regarding individual events and registration can be found on Nerd Street Gamers’ website.

The tournaments will be held on weekends over the next month, with the first five-vs-five ARAM event starting tonight at 6pm CT. The final event begins on Dec. 12, so there’s a bit of time for you to polish your skills and take the plunge.


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