J.R. Smith Partners With Complexity Gaming To Bring Esports To HBCU Students
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J.R. Smith Partners With Complexity Gaming To Bring Esports To HBCU Students

 J.R. Smith is making his time in college worthwhile.

The former NBA star will be partnering with esports company Complexity Gaming to host Complexity Stars HBCU Rebirth Rumble, an online Call of Duty: Warzone tournament, for students attending Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs).

For J.R. Smith the opportunity will create a pathway to connect with others through the world of gaming. 

“As a student at NC A&T, I’m eager to find new ways to engage with my peers,” said J.R. Smith, according to a press release. “Thanks to my partnership with Complexity Stars, we were able to make the Rebirth Rumble possible and give students a unique opportunity to compete alongside world class athletes and top Call of Duty content creators.”

Those who tap in can look forward to various perks such as a $10,000 prize pool and playing amongst COD influencers and popular athletes. Students will join the ranks of some of the best in COD gaming in a thrilling 3-vs.-3 Warzone competition. Trios will be led by Complexity Stars athletes and Call of Duty influencers and will embark across eight matches of Rebirth mode.

The Charity Drive

In addition to the tournament, Complexity will further its support for HBCUs through a charity drive. The proceeds will go toward The HBCU Foundation. 

“J.R. Smith’s vision for the Complexity Stars HBCU Rebirth Rumble is something that Complexity and the GameSquare team were deeply supportive of,” said Duane “Zeno” Jackson, Head of Complexity Stars, according to a press release. “We’re looking forward to bringing more opportunities like this to life in the future and continuing to support diversity and inclusivity in both esports and traditional sports.”

The Tournament

The tournament is on Feb. 28 at 11 a.m. PST on Complexity’s official Twitch channel.