National Esports Series

What is the GGLeagues National Esports Series?

The GGLeagues National Esports Series (NES) is the first ever national esports competition designed for amateur recreational players. Players register through and represent their local recreational agency as they compete against other similar players in their favorite games. The 2021 NES will feature the top talent from the summer and fall seasons across multiple game titles. Qualifying players will battle it out through a group stage competition which culminates into a bracket to crown a champion.

Want to get involved? Register for the upcoming fall 2021 season for one of the offered game titles shown below. The top players will receive an invite following the playoffs in November!

How to Join the National Esports Series

In order to compete in the National Esports Series, you will need to qualify during our Fall 2021 season. Follow these steps in order to register:

  1. Locate your local community: | Can't find a local community? Register directly through GGLeagues
  2. Purchase a local esports pass
  3. Join Super Smash Bros or Rocket League 1v1 competitive

Offered Game Titles

Game Platform Format
Rocket League PC, Playstation, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch 1v1
Super Smash Bros Nintendo Switch 1v1

Age Divisions

Youth: 8-12
Teen: 13-18

Qualifier Information

  • Eight players per age division will qualify for the national championship for each game title
  • Players will qualify through both the summer and fall leagues
  • Qualifying Rocket League players will be taken from the competitive division only
  • The number of qualifying players per league may vary and is at GGLeagues' discretion

National Championship Format

  • Two days of tournament play, taking place over two Saturdays
  • Saturday #1: round-robin format with the top two players from each group advancing to the second weekend
  • Saturday #2: single-elimination bracket with the four qualifying players


Event Date
Summer Playoff Qualifiers August 16th-19th
Fall League Registrations Close September 29th
Fall Leagues Begin Week of October 4th
Nationals Group Stage December 4th: 1 PM ET
Nationals Playoffs December 11th: 1 PM ET

Prize Pool

The following prize structure is per age division and game.

All players who qualify for the nationals group stage will automatically receive $25 in-game currency.

  • 1st Place: $500, GGLeagues trophy, a banner for their city to commemorate their victory, HyperX Cloud Alpha headset, GGLeagues swag
  • 2nd Place: $250, HyperX Cloud Alpha headset, GGLeagues swag
  • 3rd Place: $100, GGLeagues swag
  • 4th Place: $50, GGLeagues swag

All qualifying players must sign a waiver acknowledging that their parent/guardian will receive the transfer of any cash prizing.

National Esports Series Media

GGLeagues will be live streaming both weekends of nationals gameplay for all game titles. More information is coming soon.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is there an entry fee?

A: No. There is only an entry fee for the summer and fall leagues. If you qualify for the NES you do not need to pay again.

Q: How do I know if my league is part of the NES?

A: The NES is only available in 2021 for Super Smash Bros and 1v1 Rocket League (Competitive), ages 8-12 and 13-18 divisions. Your league must fit this criteria in order to qualify.

Q: How will I know if I qualified?

A: GGLeagues will reach out to winners following the playoffs. Additional players may qualify depending on the number of leagues during the fall season.

Q: What should I do if I qualified?

A: If you win a league that qualifies for the NES, you should expect an email from GGLeagues will more information. Be sure to keep an eye on the email you registered with!

Q: How do I qualify?

A: Players may qualify through the summer and fall recreational leagues. This applies to all Super Smash Bros leagues and competitive 1v1 Rocket League leagues for ages 8-12 and 13-18.

Q: What is the format, rules, and settings for each game?

A: Almost all rules and settings will remain similar to the regular seasons. Specifics will be announced in the week prior to nationals.

Q: Can the players receive the money?

A: All qualifying players must sign a waiver acknowledging that their parent/guardian will receive the transfer of any cash prizing.