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'Canes eSports competing in CCAA Gaming Challenge

The Holland Hurricanes continue to expand eSports offerings at Holland College. Starting Tuesday evening, the ‘Canes will be competing in the 2020 FIFA Gaming Challenge organized by the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA).

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the CCAA is offering alternative experiences for its member institutions and students. With the assistance of Uniting Gamers, the CCAA has developed a platform to stage a national FIFA Soccer gaming event for all students registered at a CCAA member institution.

The Hurricanes have thirteen participants registered (highest among participating schools in the event) on two platforms; the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. These students will compete with players across the country in a virtual setting using the 2020 EA Sports FIFA Soccer game.

Alfred Costa, an Environmental Applied Science Technology student at Holland College, looks forward to participating in the event and representing the Hurricanes.  His first match takes place Tuesday evening at 9pm Atlantic versus Jedidja Iyonda from the Université de Sainte-Anne Dragons.

“I am really excited about this opportunity and platform Holland College is providing. I have been playing FIFA for years and this a big opportunity."

The “regular season” portion of the event will run from Tuesday, October 27 to Wednesday, November 11 where a playoff schedule will commence; a national champion is expected to be crowned on November 19. The format will consist of playing your opponent in three, 12-minute matches.

To follow results from the CCAA FIFA Gaming Challenge, visit www.ccaa.ca.

This is not the first exposure to eSports for Holland College.  They’ve coordinated an eMotorsports club since April where they operate the Canadian eMotorsports Network featuring a NASCAR and Formula 1 Series; within these series is where the Hurricanes eMotorsports teams compete.

The Canadian eMotorsports Network NASCAR Series is currently in its playoffs with only four races remaining; a series champion will be crowned on November 17, while the Formula 1 Series has eight races remaining before concluding its inaugural season on December 17.  The NASCAR Series recently announced plans for a second season beginning on January 31.

For more information on the Canadian eMotorsports Network, or to register to compete, visit www.hollandcollege.com/eSports.

About the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA)

The CCAA aims to enrich the academic experiences of student-athletes by providing leadership, programs and services that foster development through high-level competitive opportunities in intercollegiate sport.

CCAA student-athletes compete in seven sports at 10 CCAA National Championships, each hosted by a CCAA member institution. Our 98-member institutions include colleges, universities, technical institutes and cégeps located in nine provinces and regionally governed by six member conferences.

For more information on the CCAA, please visit www.ccaa.ca.

For more information on the Holland Hurricanes, please visit www.hollandhurricanes.com.

Connect with the Hurricanes at www.facebook.com/hollandhurricanes, www.twitter.com/hc_hurricanes and www.instagram.com/hollandhurricanes.

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For more information about this release, please contact:
Daniel Cudmore, Athletics Development and Communications Coordinator
Tel: (902) 894-6870
Date: Tuesday, October 27, 2020