NASEF Builds Student Creativity and Technical Skills with Two Beyond the Game™ Challenges in Fall 2022

Oct 25, 2022

Design a Custom Esports Video or Collaborate with HP Engineers Through These Events

NASEF is again demonstrating its commitment to true scholastic esports by offering student competition in skills beyond esports and video games. The Fall 2022 Beyond the Game™ Challenge Series engages students in two different aspects of the esports ecosystem: creativity and software development.

Both of the BTG challenges are open now and free to enter!

#WhyWePlay: Videos and podcasts are a popular way to share opinions and demonstrate creative and production skills. We know students are passionate about esports—we want them to tell us why! Students can submit a digital creation to the #WhyWePlay competition and showcase their talent. Winning submissions will be eligible for a $500 school grant! Selected videos will even be played on an international stage at the upcoming Esports Summit for professional in esports business and education.

Bug Bash: Students will have a unique opportunity to directly interact with software developers at HP as they test a new platform for bugs and learn how to prioritize and fix them. In addition to discussing the challenge, these professionals will provide career perspective and mentorship to participants.

Educators are encouraged to engage students in these free events. It’s easy to Join NASEF to start a local club, then it’s free to register for Beyond the Game challenges, tournaments, scholarship opportunities, and more.

Beyond the Game challenge page:

#WhyWePlay is presented by NASEF and the PHNX Gaming Foundation. In 2021, PHNXGaming created its first round of grants. One of the schools that received funding was Canyon Ridge High School in California. A few months went by and their coach sent an email, “Thank you for the grant, it went to purchase some equipment to help create this documentary.” As coaches, we had our own stories about esports programs creating communities among our student-athletes. After seeing the Canyon Ridge documentary, we knew we needed to find them and share them. That’s the impetus for this challenge.

Bug Bash is presented in partnership with HP’s OMEN Oasis product group. Oasis Live provides a safe virtual room for students and friends to play together. Hang out together. Battle together. It’s a place to share gameplay from ANY game, tune into a stream, and play along with text and voice chat. This challenge will enable NASEF students to help fine-tune the product along with HP engineers.

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