High School Starleague Advances Scope of Esports with $20,000 in Scholarships
If you’re a high school gamer with dreams of becoming a star athlete, you might be closer to the professional stage than you think. As the 2013-2014 eSports season draws to a close, High School Starleague (HSL), the first eSports organization in the world dedicated to high school gamers, is rolling out a massive new scholarship program, with the financial support of TwitchTV, Newegg, and MSI that will revolutionize the playing field for both new and aspiring student gamers in North America.
This year, High School Starleague took the high school gaming scene by storm. Run by a small but dedicated staff of high school and college students, HSL joined the worldwide eSports movement with one goal in mind: show the world what high school students are made of. “Many of us began gaming in high school,” says Kevin He, President of League of Tritons, the electronic gaming club at the University of California, San Diego. “I don’t think it makes any sense to have to wait until you’re in college to play at an organized and competitive level. That’s why HSL exists, so that we can bring the spirit of high-level competition to the next generation, and so that every high school student in the world has the opportunity to grab a couple of friends and say ‘Hey, let’s make a high school gaming team.’”
Over the past two years, the HSL staff has been hard at work setting the bar high for high school eSports. During the past year, HSL registered a staggering 4000 players from over 750 high schools all over North America in their competitive leagues for the popular online games League of Legends, StarCraft II, and DOTA 2. After months of fierce matches between the North American high school superstars, the Cerritos High School League of Legends team became the first high school in America to claim the title of “Best High School League of Legends Team.” The Cerritos Team, now playing in the League of Legends Challenger Series, is a testament to the world that true talent has nothing to do with age.
HSL has even bigger plans for the future, starting with the 2013-2014 spring season. This spring, the thousands of eager high school gamers across North America will be playing not for fame and glory, but also over $20,000 in scholarships, for eligible high school students. Like in any other professional sport, HSL athletes will have to maintain satisfactory academic progress as defined by the institution that they attend, and the scholarship money must go towards the tuition of the athlete’s intended four-year collegiate institution.
“We hope that through these scholarships, we will be able to usher in a new era of eSports where excelling in gaming and academics will be just as respected as excelling in a traditional sport,” says Tomber Su, CEO of High School Starleague.
“Our job is to propel our young and talented gamers into the professional gaming scene while simultaneously assisting both in their education and life outside of games,” says Jesse Wang, COO of High School Starleague
Twitch is the world’s leading video platform and community for gamers. More than 45 million gamers gather every month on Twitch to broadcast, watch and chat about gaming. Twitch’s video platform is the backbone of both live and on-demand distribution for the entire video game ecosystem. Twitch also caters to the entire eSports industry, spanning the top pro players, tournaments, leagues, talk shows and organizations.
“TwitchTV and their team have been invaluable in assisting HSL in it’s mission to bring eSports to schools. Twitch’s platform not only makes is easy to watch pro players, but students of all skill levels can share their gameplay experience with their peers. Without a company like Twitch, we would not have be able to broadcast our players’ games. We are excited to be working with them.” – Tomber Su, CEO
About Newegg Inc.
Newegg Inc. is the leading electronics-focused e-retailer in the United States. It owns and operates Newegg.com which regularly earns industry-leading customer service ratings. The award-winning website has more than 25 million registered users and offers customers a comprehensive selection of the latest consumer electronics products, detailed product descriptions and images, as well as how-to information and customer reviews.
“Almost every high school gamer, including myself when I was 16, will at some point custom-build or purchase their own higher-end computer to take their competition to the next level. I am grateful that companies like Newegg provide the services necessary for students to be able to customize and purchase their computers with ease.” – Jesse Wang, COO
The official press document can be downloaded here.