As high school esports booms in popularity, the North America Scholastic Esports Federation (NASEF) is kicking off registration for 2019 events, including several free esports tournaments plus new creative competitions – all with an intentional design that embeds learning into the myriad aspects of club and team participation.
For winter 2019, NASEF has selected Riot Games' League of Legends for the season-long tournament. To compete in that event, Clubs must be active in NASEF and designate a team by January 16, 2019. "Extra Credit" mini-tournaments will be offered in Rocket League and Fortnite, and new this season – a fan favorite title. NASEF participants will vote for their preferred game, and a mini-tournament will be organized around the title with the most votes. Clubs will be able to opt-in to those events throughout the spring.
Many students are drawn to esports for the creative aspects, not just the competition. To that end, NASEF is implementing several "Beyond the Game" creative challenges tied to careers, including designing a logo, shoutcasting a game, producing a highlights video, and more. Details will be provided to member Clubs through the free General Manager online portal.
Mark Deppe, commissioner of NASEF, said, "We've prepared an exciting line-up of games and activities that tap into high schoolers' love of all aspects of esports. Students are thrilled that their competitive and creative talents are now legitimized with official Clubs in their schools and community groups. Educators are embracing the learning environment that NASEF Clubs create. Parents report that their previously-disconnected students are now more engaged in school because of their affiliation with the esports Club. These are remarkable results after just one year!"
"With support for League of Legends in high schools and colleges accelerating, we're excited to partner with NASEF on their mission to leverage games for the development of teens' life and work skills." said Matt Birris, Scholastic Program Lead for Riot Games in North America. "Our goal is to make League of Legends an inclusive, generational sport; NASEF's program creates new growth opportunities for the next generation of students."
NASEF's unique esports Club environment enables students to pursue their chosen hobby with their friends – at the same time receiving positive guidance from mentors and learning how their unique talents can be applied to future careers.
Participation in NASEF is free. High schools and community organizations for teens are encouraged to activate a NASEF Club and gain access to workshops, clinics, and Coaches Corner sessions, plus enter any combination of tournaments or creative challenges that they choose. All high school teams are encouraged to form a NASEF Club even if they belong to other leagues, so that they can access the variety of free educational resources for esports enthusiasts.
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