Anaheim Ducks Join Forces With North America Scholastic Esports Federation for Minecraft Face-Off

press release Apr 22, 2020
Anaheim Ducks NASEF Minecraft Face-Off

NASEF provides students at home a creative outlet that ties their love for building through Minecraft with the fun of hockey

(Orange County, CA – April 22, 2020) – The Anaheim Ducks are teaming up with the North America Scholastic Esports Federation (NASEF) to find North America’s best hockey fans and Minecraft designers in the 2020 NASEF Minecraft Face-Off.

Teams of up to four students in grades 3rd-12th can face-off against other teams throughout the United States and Canada for a chance to win prizes. As with all NASEF programs, participation is completely free. The competition will give students the chance to design their favorite hockey team’s logo, jersey and even a next-generation hockey arena. 

“NASEF has expanded our community-focused programs for students as we all adjust to being at home and missing our recreational pursuits,” said Gerald Solomon, NASEF founder. “We know kids love Minecraft, so we added that as an option. Our recent NHL20 tournament, presented with four pro teams, was a great success; it made perfect sense to take a similar approach and intertwine hockey with this challenge. We’re excited to offer the 2020 NASEF Minecraft Face-Off to students and hope to inspire their creativity and bring them some joy in the process.”

NASEF leverages massive youth interest in esports and gaming by teaching students about career options that exist in esports, professional sports, and other industries. Students may develop gaming abilities, but the focus is on learning and practicing skills in related careers like shoutcasting, marketing, artwork and design, and more.

Join NASEF on Friday, Apr. 24, 2020 at 12 pm PT on the NASEF Twitch Channel, as they will review each challenge, share tips, information, how-to’s and live-builds. (The entry details will be available as a VOD playback after that date.)

Entering the 2020 NASEF Minecraft Face-off:

  • Use Minecraft to design the Challenge.
  • Submit a video of the Challenge in Flipgrid by May 15, 2020. The video should be submitted by an adult sponsor and include a narrative of the designs. 
  • Share the video on Twitter using the hashtag #MinecraftFaceOff


NASEF will be awarding teams with the following:

  • Individual Challenge team awards: Each team member will receive (1) Minecraft Dungeons Hero Edition – an all-new action-adventure game, inspired by classic dungeon crawlers and set in the Minecraft universe!
  • Grand prize team awards: Each team member will receive: (1) Xbox One Minecraft Creeper Wireless Controller or Microsoft Xbox One Minecraft Pig Edition Wireless Controller AND (1) Minecraft Dungeons Hero Edition

Anaheim Ducks will be awarding teams who enter on their behalf with the following:

  • Individual Challenges: Team-signed gear and a Ducks Gaming hat.
  • Grand prize: Team-signed gear, a Ducks Gaming hat and a Zoom call with an Anaheim Ducks player.

NASEF is working with other professional hockey teams for this exciting community-building event. Those teams will also award prizes (such as team memorabilia) to entrants that represent their clubs.

About Anaheim Ducks Gaming

Anaheim Ducks Gaming is a newly-formed entity that focuses on creating relationships, fostering competition and building valuable skill sets through esports all while exposing new audiences to the sport of hockey. Participants in Anaheim Ducks Gaming events learn communication, teamwork, problem-solving, and other tools that are beneficial beyond just virtual reality. Content and an upcoming schedule can be viewed by visitingā€‹

About the North America Scholastic Esports Federation 

The North America Scholastic Esports Federation is working to ensure that ALL students possess the knowledge and skills needed to be society’s game changers: educated, productive, and empathetic individuals. NASEF is on a mission to provide opportunities for ALL students to use esports as a platform to acquire critical communication, collaboration, and problem-solving skills needed to thrive in work and in life. The Federation’s core values are intertwined through all aspects of education and play: learning, opportunity, community, diversity, and respect.

Under the Samueli Foundation’s leadership, the Federation is led by partners from the Orange County Department of Education, OC STEM Initiative, Connected Camps, Connected Learning Lab, UCI Esports, UCI Henry Samueli School of Engineering, and the UCI Bren School of Information & Computer Science. 

Learn more at the NASEF website. Members of the press can find videos, infographics, and leadership profiles in the online press room. Join online conversations on Twitter @NASEFgg for esports updates and @NASEFedu for our education news, on Facebook and Instagram, and see matches streamed live on our Twitch channel. 

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Media Contact:
Claire LaBeaux
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