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The latest sports tournament coming to Grand Rapids doesn’t take place in the physical world. But that doesn’t make it any less popular, competitive or exciting to play (and watch). The West Michigan Sports Commission hosts its first esports tournament, Grand Rapids Rift Clash, Feb. 7-9 at Celebration Cinema GR North, 2121 Celebration Dr. NE, Grand Rapids.

Fox 17 | By: LeighAnn Towne

The West Michigan Sports Commission is hosting its first esports tournament Grand Rapids Rift Clash Feb 7-9 at Celebration Cinema GR North, 2121 Celebration Dr. NE.

People will get to cheer on competitors as they battle on the screen. It features teams of five plus a coach and alternative player, playing the popular "League of Legends" online video game.

Mix 95.7 | By: Jojo Girard

The Grand Rapids Rift Clash E-Sports Tournament will be held February 7-9 at Celebration Cinema North.

Top college and high school e-sports teams will compete in Grand Rapids for over $3500 in prize money. The Rift Clash tournament will be hosted by the West Michigan Sports Commission, which helps organize and bring sporting events to the Grand Rapids area.

MLive | By: Peter J. Wallner

The Grand Rapids Rift Clash, the first venture into esports by the West Michigan Sports Commission, will be held at Celebration Cinema North on Feb. 7-9.

The tournament will feature college and high school teams competing in the video game "League of Legends."


The West Michigan Sports Commission, which is known for hosting big sporting events such as the Meijer State Games of Michigan, will be adding an Esports tournament to its list of events starting in February.

The virtual tournament called the Grand Rapids Rift Clash will take place between Feb. 7 and 9 at Celebration Cinema North.

Fox 17 | By: Jason Hutton 

The West Michigan Sports Commission dedicated its new office space Wednesday afternoon in downtown Grand Rapids overlooking Calder Plaza on Ottawa avenue.

"We are grateful to our partners in the tourism and experience Grand Rapids who really gave us space for 13 plus years," West Michigan Sports Commission president Mike Guswiler said. "But this allows opportunities to expand our brand and really showcase who we are and the community as the economic development engine that we are through sports tourism."


Grand Rapids Business Journal | By: Danielle Nelson 

The West Michigan Sports Commission added a new member to its staff. The organization hired Alyssa Updegrave as its national sales manager. She replaced Jamie Schlagel, who held the position since 2014. Updegrave is responsible for helping to increase the number of national sporting events hosted in the region.