The High School League (HSL) aspires to provide high schoolers with a fun, competitive, and rewarding esports experience, similar to traditional high school sports. We promote esports as a positive experience that opens up sports team building, leadership opportunities and self improvement to a wider range of students outside traditional seasonal field and court sports.
There’s a persistent myth that videogames are bad for schoolwork. We are working towards changing that with High School League by ensuring the motivating factor to be eligible is in the effort that they apply to their school work and having fun with friends – this is paramount.
2017 was the inaugural year for High School League and it absolutely took off. Students were able to grow as both players and teammates over both splits of the year. This helped create friendships and develop sportsmanship over the year.
The teams that rose to the top of the league by the end of the second split had the dream opportunity to be flown to Auckland and represent their school in esports at Armageddon in front of a crowd of thousands of screaming fans both at the venue and watching online.
Just what exactly constitutes a sport?
While purists around the world debate the question, the video gaming community in New Zealand isn’t wasting any time waiting for an answer.
This week sees the launch of a nationwide eSports league featuring more than 50 teams from high schools around the country.
With the rise in popularity of esports across the world, the opening many gamers have been craving is now within their grasps.
In just under 24 hours, Point & Click, New Zealand’s first secondary school esports competition starts tomorrow.
After months of battling it out, the HSL teams are fast approaching the finals. Of the 50 teams that entered the arena, 16 will qualify for the playoff clashes in late May.
It doesn’t require you to run, jump, lift or throw. In fact you don’t even have to stand up.
But ask the west Auckland esports community whether or not League of Legends is technically a sport, and you get the same, overwhelming response.