Fall 2020: Scholastic High School Esports Proceeding at Full Throttle in North America Scholastic Esports Federation

No cancellations due to COVID: full line-up of tournaments, clubs, classes, and challenges freely available this fall from NASEF, in both in-person and online formats

(Orange County, CA – August 19, 2020) – The North America Scholastic Esports Federation (NASEF) has a huge line-up of scholastic esports options for students and educators this fall. Unlike almost every other club and sport, nothing is cancelled due to coronavirus! NASEF is moving ahead with even more popular options for all students.

Everything offered by NASEF is free, plus many scholarships and school grants are available. Options include:

  • Overwatch: two options are available, allowing for hundreds of teams to compete. The High School Scholastic Tournament is geared towards seasoned players and highly competitive teams; the Community Play-In Tournament is geared towards newer teams and Clubs. Learn more
  • Rocket League: by popular demand, NASEF will now offer a high school scholastic tournament featuring this sports-action game. Details here
  • FREE professional coaching on game and team skills is provided for competitive players
  • Extra Credit mini-tournaments in titles like Smash Ultimate, TeamFight Tactics, and students' choice titles
  • Minecraft design and build competitions
  • Coaching clinics for everyone
  • Training techniques to build health and competitiveness 
  • Career advice from streamers, casters, and more through interviews and VODs
  • Beyond the Game scholarships for designing, modding, analyzing and more
  • Mentorship and advice from college students and esports directors
  • Free California state-approved curriculum for the classroom in 15 different Career Technical Education (CTE) focuses, plus English Language Arts
  • Students socialize! Esports clubs provide time to bond with friends online or in-person, depending on local guidelines 
  • Free support to help schools and afterschool programs with implementation

Esports for education

NASEF’s programs leverage massive student interest in video gaming for education on career and life skills. Research from the University of California, Irvine, demonstrates that students in NASEF programs are making significant strides in social-emotional development, plus improving STEM skills and building career aspirations. Students learn about all areas of the esports ecosystem while participating in their favorite activity in a club, class, or competitive team.

“When we started NASEF two years ago, we knew that esports provided a fantastic means to educate kids on real-world life and STEM skills while they engaged in games and clubs that they loved. Today, we appreciate the online nature of esports, which enables us to offer a huge range of options for students without missing a beat due to coronavirus restrictions,” said Gerald Solomon, founder of NASEF and executive director of the Samueli Foundation.

Every high school student across North America is invited to join NASEF through a local club, which can be formed by high schools and community-based organizations. Member clubs receive free access to all learning tools and the ability to participate in any desired tournaments.

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.

 Learn more at www.nasef.org. See matches streamed live on our Twitch channel, and join online conversations on Twitter @NASEFedu, or on Facebook and Instagram

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Media Contact: Claire LaBeaux  claire@nasef.org