High School Students Can Choose to Compete in Hearthstone, Fortnite, or Overwatch in the North America Scholastic Esports Federation Fall Season

Students hone their gameplay and get more connected to school and learning in free NASEF Clubs and teams

(Orange County, CA – October 4, 2018) – This fall, the North America Scholastic Esports Federation (NASEF) is offering a variety of titles for high school teams to compete for the title of North America High School Champion. In addition to the featured season-long Overwatch Tournament, NASEF is also holding three shorter-term “Extra Credit” tournaments featuring Hearthstone, Fortnite, and Overwatch 1v1.

Countless high school students love video games (esports). That’s why NASEF has established a unique esports Club environment that enables students to pursue their chosen hobby with their friends – at the same time receiving positive guidance from mentors and learning how their unique talents can be applied to future careers.

Mark Deppe, commissioner of NASEF, said, “Different esports titles appeal to different teens, just as some kids prefer basketball and others like golf. The variety of titles means that more kids will establish a connection to school and learning through their Club. These are some of the most popular games, and most high schoolers are playing them at home already. NASEF creates a positive framework for the play, and helps students connect the dots between their favorite games and potential career skills.”

Gerald Solomon, executive director of the Samueli Foundation and founder of NASEF, added, “Adults often perceive video games as a pointless hobby. But NASEF creates a comfortable setting and quality guidance to actually use esports as an effective platform to teach critical skills these kids will need in their future careers.”

It’s easy for a school or community organization to establish a NASEF Club for high school students. Any Club can activate now and gain access to free workshops, clinics, and Coaches Corner sessions, plus  enter any upcoming tournaments they choose. Participation in all NASEF tournaments is free. Fall 2018 tournaments include:

  • Hearthstone 3v3: October 15 – November 4 (opt-in by October 10)
  • Fortnite Fridays 2v2: November 2, 16, and 30 (opt-in by October 29)
  • Overwatch 1v1: December 1 (opt-in by November 27)
  • Overwatch: October 1 – December 15 (opt-in closed)

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 www.esportsfed.org. 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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