NASEF Wins 2021 CODiE Award for Best Scholastic Esports Solution K-20

NASEF recognized for leveraging the power of gaming to engage and excite students in rich, powerful learning experiences of value to them

ATLANTA, GA (June 23, 2021) – The North America Scholastic Esports Federation (NASEF) was just named the winner of the 2021 SIIA CODiE Award for the Best Scholastic Esports Solution. CODiE Award winners represent applications, products and services from developers of educational software, digital content, online learning services and related technologies across the PreK-20 sector.

This CODiE Award recognizes NASEF for creating “the best product helping implement scholastic esports to schools and colleges. This includes tournament/league management software, CTE curriculum focused on gaming and efforts to make esports safer and more inclusive.” NASEF is unique among finalists (and the entire esports community) because it offers all of these elements completely free to participants around the world.

NASEF leverages massive student interest in competitive video gaming—esports—to teach youth valuable life and career skills. NASEF offers a variety of free resources and programs, including:

  • State-approved curriculum in 15 CTE tracks
  • State-approved English Language Arts courses for high school
  • Middle School curriculum
  • Out-of-school time curriculum
  • Healthy gaming and cyber wellness curriculum
  • Library of esports lessons and units developed and tested by Scholastic Fellows in a professional learning community
  • Themed Minecraft events teaching topics like sustainable farming and physics through partnerships with the U.S. State Department and the Rube Goldberg Foundation
  • Game tournaments in popular esports titles, with game licenses and tournament hosting platform provided free
  • Beyond the Game challenges that provide an opportunity to demonstrate career skills

After ed tech experts conducted an initial evaluation to choose finalists, SIIA members and community leaders chose the winners. NASEF was determined to be the Best Scholastic Esports Solution based on criteria such as Academic value, Feature set, Innovation, Instructional design, Platform flexibility, Scalability, and Usability.

“Congratulations to the 2021 Ed Tech CODiE Award winners,” said SIIA President Jeff Joseph. “The COVID-19 pandemic reminds us of the importance of innovative Ed Tech products and services and this year’s class takes a special place among the many amazing products recognized across the 35-year history of the CODiE Awards.”

Acknowledged as the premier awards program for the software and information industries for over 35 years, the SIIA CODiE Awards are produced by the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the principal trade association for the software, education, media, financial information and digital content industries. NASEF was honored as one of 152 finalists across the 42 education technology categories.


The North America Scholastic Esports Federation (NASEF) is on a mission to provide opportunities for all students to use esports as a platform to acquire the STEM/STEAM-based skills and critical communication, collaboration, and problem-solving skills needed to thrive in work and in life. NASEF is the anchor of the World Wide Scholastic Esports Foundation, a nonprofit umbrella entity formed to support NASEF’s global expansion along with other international partners. Find NASEF at and on TwitchTwitterFacebook, and Instagram.

About the SIIA CODiE™ Awards

The SIIA CODiE Awards is the only peer-reviewed program to showcase business and education technology’s finest products and services. Since 1986, thousands of products, services and solutions have been recognized for achieving excellence. For more information, visit




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