Beyond the Game Challenges for ALL Gamers

We are excited to launch our Fall Beyond the Game Challenges. Stay tuned for more information to earn scholarships and more!

So, what's a Beyond the Game Challenge?

Beyond the Game Challenges are where esports Clubs across North America can tap into their talent apart from their competitive teams! Here, students with interests in the different sectors of the Esports Ecosystem (below) can learn new skills, expand their knowledge, and gain real experience in potential future career opportunities and compete for promotion, NASEF swag, mentoring sessions with esports industry professionals and collegiate leaders.

So, for the student who loves video games and esports - we want to see your passion for esports and your esports club come alive this winter! Use your creativity, curiosity, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills to take on one or more of the challenges below! 

Interested in participating? Be sure to activate your esports club


2019-20 Award Recipients

The following award recipients demonstrated excellence in scholastic esports. Congratulations to all the award recipients. Each award recipient will receive: (1) $500 scholarship or grant to their school or organization; (1) 15 minute virtual mentor session with an esports professional or collegiate athlete; (1) customized award based on the Challenge (webcam, copic markers, pizza party, etc.); and recognition by NASEF.

Winter 2019-20

Dallas C.Fairfield High School, IA
Bradley C. - Southwest Miami High School, FL
Dustin D. - Cornell School District, PA
Vanessa F. - Miami Lakes Educational Center, FL
Nicholas G. - Elk County Catholic High School, PA
Jazaria G. - ReGenerate Tech, FL

Seung (Angel) J. - Troy High School, CA
Singing Coyote M., Erick P., Bryan A., Adrian T., Huy T., Anthony N.  - Magnolia High School, CA
Khiem N. - Evergreen Valley High School, CA
William O. - Eleanor Roosevelt High School, CA
Dararith S. - Centennial High School, CA
Luke S. - Garnet Valley High School, PA


Spring 2019-20

Abdul M., Centennial High School, CA
Adam H., Lampeter Strasburg High School, PA
Dorothy F., Quincy Junior Senior High School, CA
Ethan A., Edison High School, CA
Grace P., Elite Prep San Jose, CA​

Katrina M., Troy High School, CA
CalAPS (California Advancing Pathways for Students), CA
Nicole S., Fairfield High School, IA
William O., Eleanor Roosevelt High School, CA


About the Spring Beyond the Game Challenges

Scholastic Esports Awards

High school students can compete in the NASEF Spring Beyond the Game Challenges for the following scholastic esports awards: 

  • $500 individual scholarships or esports Club grants
  • Each winner (individual or team entry) will receive a mentoring session with an esports industry professional or an esports collegiate leader
  • Copic Markers 12-Piece Basic Set
  • Western Digital SSD Storage
  • $50 Amazon Gift Card
  • Logitech C922 Pro HD Stream Webcam
  • 1-year Discord Nitro subscription
  • Pizza party for your Club (up to $100)
  • Recognition on the NASEF website and social media

* Please note some awards will be awarded to an individual student or team, depending on the award and entry type. See each Beyond the Game Challenge for award details.

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Sharing photos and videos of your Club activities is a great way to build interest in your Club and around your campus. Content Creators are asked to develop descriptions and engaging images that showcase games, competitions, communities and more. They must have a strong understanding for composition, cinematography, color, and lighting in visual media and be able to understand and utilize an array of tools and technologies. Savvy STEM learners always practice good digital citizenship by making sure that they have permission to post from everyone in the photos and videos.

Challenge

Submit stream clips of your esports Club or team in action!

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Content creators are asked to develop descriptions and engaging images that showcase games, competitions, communities and more. They must have a strong understanding for composition,
cinematography, color, and lighting in visual media and be able to understand and utilize an array of tools and technologies. Live streams bring your audience in on the action in real-time. Wise digital citizens remember that their actions and behaviors online are reflective of their Club, school, and community. When you go live,
remember that you don't have the opportunity to edit footage before it goes live.


Challenge

Produce a stream featuring your esports Club or team event!

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Event organizers provide service and training to internal and external operators of tournaments and events. They forge meaningful relationships with their community to gather feedback, identify needs and message guidelines to participants, guests and attendees. They identify event and tournament best practices and look for opportunities for improvement. What better way to get the entire Club together than to host a viewing party to support your esports team or watch a major esports event and test out your event organizing skills? Develop your plan, grab the popcorn, include activities, and enjoy the show!

Challenge

Host a viewing party on your high school or community-based organization’s campus or virtually.

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Journalists write and edit articles that are featured on blogs and websites. They research current events in esports to uncover topics for future articles. They also conduct interviews, both online and in person, to obtain relevant insights from the esports community. STEM learners are always striving to learn more about the career opportunities that await them. Identify an esports professional and dig into what interests you related to their career and try out your journalistic skills!

Challenge

Select someone working in the esports industry and interview them! Learn more about what they do, ask questions about what they recommend for you, and document your findings.

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Creating fan art requires you to build on the existing lore, characters, and worlds that exist within the esports realm. Character concept artists and costume designers help bring characters and creatures to life. They draw inspiration from as little as a napkin sketch or as much as a full-blown narrative concept and generate ideas and craft designs that are compelling and iconic. Respectful digital citizens honor the intellectual property of others and give credit where credit is due.

Challenge

Create digital fan art inspired by your favorite game! 

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Creating fan art requires you to build on the existing lore, characters, and worlds that exist within the esports realm. Character concept artists and costume designers help bring characters and creatures to life. They draw inspiration from as little as a napkin sketch or as much as a full-blown narrative concept and generate ideas and craft designs that are compelling and iconic. Respectful digital citizens honor the intellectual property of others and give credit where credit is due.

Challenge

Create a cosplay costume inspired by your favorite game!

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Creating fan art requires you to build on the existing lore, characters, and worlds that exist within the esports realm. Character concept artists and costume designers help bring characters and creatures to life. They draw inspiration from as little as a napkin sketch or as much as a full-blown narrative concept and generate ideas and craft designs that are compelling and iconic. Respectful digital citizens honor the intellectual property of others and give credit where credit is due.

Challenge

Create fine art fan art inspired by your favorite game! 

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Channel your inner entrepreneur! Entrepreneurs in esports must be multi-talented. They establish, maintain, and plan the overall goals and plans for the Club, team and events. They develop and maintain relationships, market activities and events, and manage the overall budget. Collaborating with your peers, think of new ways to engage member of your Clubs and host a fundraiser. Be sure to consider all the elements of event planning: budget, timeline, promotions, etc! 

Challenge

Designate a specific cause for your NASEF Esports Club and host an event to raise money!

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Have you ever watched a video and felt extra motivated or excited? Content Creators are asked to develop descriptions and engaging images that showcase games, competitions, communities and more. They must have a strong understanding for composition, cinematography, color, and lighting in visual media and be able to understand and utilize an array of tools and technologies. Using digital media such as video and audio, you can get your peers excited about your esports Club or team! Savvy STEM learners always practice good digital citizenship by making sure that they have permission to post from everyone in the photos and videos.

Challenge

Create a hype video featuring your esports Club or team!

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Professional and collegiate esports players’ daily regimens vary from strategy and analysis discussions to practices, however it also includes a good fitness routine in order to maintain those demands. At UCI Esports, scholarship players follow a fitness program established by their exercise physiologist to help counter the strain on certain muscles caused during gaming. The fitness program includes aerobic fitness, strength and stretches plus nutrition. General managers and coaches encourage consistency in fitness and nutrition for their players to help their players maintain their performance levels. 

Challenge

Submit a healthy gaming plan for your team and Club.

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Software developers solve deep technical problems and build innovative solutions. They can look at the big picture from both business and technology perspective and can possess strong analytical, design, and problem solving skills. Try out your skill as a software developer! Bots on Discord can be really helpful for performing automatic functions such as role assignment. To do their jobs, bots generally follow algorithms, or a sequence of steps designed to accomplish a specific task. Working collaboratively with your fellow Club members, identify an area of need, plan our your algorithm and implement it in Discord.  Then, sit back and enjoy while your bot does the needed actions for you!

Challenge

Create a Discord Server and implement a Bot!

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Your favorite game came out with a new patch and now it feels like you are playing a brand new game--and you ask yourself, “how has the meta shifted?” The meta (short for metagame) in competitive video games refers to the game within the game, including the strength of characters, cards/decks, or any other decisions that influence the way you play the game to win. 

Challenge

Fix the meta for a game of your choice.

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Have a favorite map but would like to implement changes of your own? You can take this on using Minecraft, the popular open-world action adventure game enjoyed by gamers of all ages, including our NASEF esports Club members.

Challenge

Create an esports map using Minecraft.

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In most esports matches, a peak moment can mean thrilling victory or stunning defeat, based on timing, player locations and actions and a host of other major and minor factors. In the heat of the moment, the details are sometimes lost, and it’s up to a coach or analyst to rewind time and look at that peak moment with microscopic precision to help teams learn, adapt and improve. 

Challenge

Review a pivotal game sequence, detail what happened, what it meant for both teams, and what the non-dominant team could have done to counteract the superior tactic.

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Guidelines and Details

How It Works

Review the list of Beyond the Game Challenges. Determine which Challenge you would like to take on. Plan your project and timeline accordingly, and submit your Challenge submission online at Beyond the Game Challenges or within your Club Portal. NASEF Members can submit entries for more than one Challenge. NASEF Members can also submit as individuals or as teams. See guidelines for submission details for each and review each Challenge as their awards and requirements are specific to each Challenge.

Eligibility

All students who submit a Challenge must: 

  • Be an active member of a Club activated in the North America Scholastic Esports Federation in the United States or Canada.
    • Active Member for a student means completion of student and parent/guardian forms and student has met eligibility requirements. See Student Eligibility for more information.
    • Active Club means complete activation with the North America Scholastic Esports Federation. See Getting Started for more information.

Guidelines

  • Students are required to identify their participating high school or community-based organization with activated Club status with NASEF.
  • Students are required to identify their Club general manager name.
  • Students must create their own original content (Example: video, blog post, emotes, stream, etc.).
    • No inappropriate subject matter will be accepted.
  • Students can apply for more than one Beyond the Game Challenge. 
  • Students can submit as individuals or teams. Please review each award to determine the individual or team submission guidelines and award details.
  • All links to Google, DropBox, OneDrive Folders, or similar file sharing folders must give permission to info@nasef.org to view the document, image, folder, etc. Please double check all permissions of links. Unfortunately, submissions with locked permissions will be considered incomplete entries for the Challenge.

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