The development of esports is something that every Team owner wants to witness. They will invest in college esports themselves if the business makes sense. It does seem that Optic Gaming is investing into Collegiate esports in an attempt to break into the grassroots of the scene.
We are pleased to announce our partnership with @HSeLeSports to provide a $25K scholastic fund by OpTic Gaming
— OpTic Gaming™ (@OpTic) July 14, 2018
The High School Esports League (HSEL), a year-long competitive esports program for North American high school students is partnering with OpTic Gaming, Infinite Esports & Entertainment and its associated organizations to support aspiring young esports athletes. The assorted companies within the Infinite Esports & Entertainment organization will soon throw their weight behind the HSEL program, with OpTic Gaming itself bolstering the scholarships with the addition of $25,000 of funds for the prize pool.
With over 900 affiliated schools and 17,000 players, the High School Esports League serves as both a crucial first step in the development of future competitive esports stars, as well as a social outlet for fans across the country to play together and indulge in friendly school rivalries. The year-long competitive program runs the gamut of all major esports – League of Legends, Overwatch, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, among many others, catering to the diverse tastes and preferences of the North American esports community.
Said HSEL CEO Mason Mullineoux: “We are thrilled that OpTic gaming understands that high school level esports is the foundation of a strong esports scene. Working with them opens up so many opportunities for the students, and adds another layer of legitimacy and purpose. We look forward to building this relationship at the professional level, while working to find more ways we can add value to the students esports careers. “
The “Powered By OpTic Gaming” program will incorporate competitive titles that reflect OpTic Gaming’s invested interests – including DOTA, CS:GO, Call of Duty, League of Legends, Gears of War, Fortnite Battle Royale, and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. Similar programs from OpTic Gaming’s sibling esports organizations will incorporate titles such as Rocket League and Super Smash Bros., represented by Allegiance, and Rainbow 6 Siege as represented by Obey Alliance. The partnership will include OpTic Gaming et al’s branding on HSEL streams, and prize support will be bolstered by non-monetary rewards as well.
With the conclusion of HSEL Nationals 2018 slated for July 7-14, the OpTic Gaming partnership marks an exciting point in HSEL history, and in the development of life-long esports fandom.