What is esports?
Esports takes video gaming to another level with organized competitive gameplay between two teams, governed by its own strict set of rules and guidelines. It demands critical thinking, communication, teamwork and creativity in order for students to succeed.
Today, esports is growing exponentially with over 400 million fans worldwide and regularly selling out arenas around the world. Currently, there are more than 200 colleges and universities offering almost tens of millions of dollars in scholarships. Establishing esports in high school enables students to do what they love and provides them with additional opportunities to earn recognition.
Benefits of Esports
Students build character and develop discipline, self-esteem and sportsmanship through practice and gameplay.
Esports are co-ed, inclusive, and engage students who might not otherwise participate in school athletics or activities.
Esports players are often interested in STEM classes and programs. A high percentage of collegiate esports players select STEM majors.
More than 200 colleges and universities offer esports scholarships and are actively recruiting players for esports programs.
“Esports brings out a new type of competition in the school system that has never been introduced before. Some students who wouldn’t ever want to participate in a sport now have the opportunity to do so while representing their school and building a community on campus."
Coach Dan Ungar
How does PlayVS work?
PLAYVS IS THE OFFICIAL HIGH SCHOOL ESPORTS PLATFORM We provide a robust online platform that enables schools to easily build and manage teams, check schedules, and track stats, all with real-time support.
There will be two seasons each school year:
Fall - October to January
Spring - February to May
Matches are played on a weekly basis and consist of a set number of games.
League of Legends - Tuesdays
Two consecutive games (best-of-two)
SMITE - Thursdays
Two consecutive games (best-of-two)
Rocket League - Thursdays
Up to five consecutive games (best-of-five)
Spring 2020 Schedule
Each season is divided into 3 different phases.
Spring Registration Deadline:
Preseason Practice on the PlayVS platform.
Week A: 02/03/2020
Week B: 02/10/2020
Regular Season Each team's record determines the standings for entering the Playoffs Season.
Week 1: 02/17/2020
Week 2: 02/24/2020
Week 3: 03/02/2020
Week 4: 03/09/2020
Week 5: 03/16/2020
Week 6: 03/23/2020
Week 7: 03/30/2020
Week 8: 04/06/2020
Week 9: 04/13/2020
Playoffs Season The top teams play in a single-elimination bracket until the finalists are determined.
Playoffs: April and May 2020
Championships: May 2020
PlayVS participation fees are $64 per player plus tax. Visit our Billing Guide for more payment information.
1) Campus Interest Meeting
Host an interest meeting on campus to get student sign-ups for each of the games and build out your esports program.
2) Find a Coach
Schools approve the program and select coaches. IT administrators ensure your tech is secure and prepared for gameplay.
3) Build a Team
Coaches build multiple teams that all represent the same school. There are no cuts and teams are co-ed. We recommend at least 15 students for a well-rounded program.
4) Compete Together
Each team will play on campus and compete online with other schools in the state. No travel required.
5) Win a Championship
Build on your success throughout the regular season to make the playoffs and land on top!
“The kids that are participating here have dramatically pulled up their grades to be eligible. It gives this small group a reason to come to school.”
Coach Catherine Turner
Lafayette High School, GA