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CHS offers E-sports club

By LEANA CHOATE - lchoate@newsexaminer.com

E-Sports has recently been introduced as a club at Connersville High School.

E-Sports is the world of competitive online video gaming. At a national level, competitors play for thousands of dollars. According to a CNN report, E-Sports is a fast-growing phenomenon internationally with fans all over the world.

 

Club members meet at the high school to discuss gameplay styles and strengths and weakness of their play. They work toward being better so that their overall gameplay at competitions improves.

The E-Sports club started just in the last school year at CHS due to student suggestions to Randal Judd, CHS principal. He and Bryan Mitchell, CHS social studies teacher, made it possible for the club to become official.

“We have been meeting at the high school, but when we begin our competitions, and those will take place at the brand new Conexus Gaming Arena,” Mitchell said. Conexus is a new gaming center located on 30th Street in the old JC Penney shopping center.

When competitions begin, CHS E-Sports members will compete against high school students from around the United States through the High School E-Sports League. 

The HSEL is a nationwide league that has a regular season and a postseason. Connersville is one of 22 schools in Indiana that provides this kind of opportunity to students.

“E-sports allow students to compete and excel outside the need for physical abilities. E-sports teaches goal-setting, team-work, and students can gain self-confidence, the same as traditional sports. Video-gaming is part of the world our students have grown up in, and playing video games is what they do for fun,” Judd explained.

Colleges and universities can see statistics from students’ gameplay. Students can earn scholarship opportunities as well as the chance to get recruited to join E-sports-related fields such as game design, software engineering and computer programming.

Games that the E-Sports members play include Overwatch, League of Legends, Rainbow Six Siege, Rocket League, Super Smash Brothers, Hearthstone, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Fortnight, all online multiplayer games.

“We encourage students to participate in many extra-curricular activities. For students, it gives them another reason to come to school other than for classes,” Judd said. 

“Students can ask for faculty sponsorship of any club they want to form. If they find a sponsor, then the idea of the club is brought to our school improvement team and Department Chairs for approval. Once approved, the club may start meeting,” Judd said. “Mr. Mitchell is a good fit for the sponsor because he enjoys coaching students and playing video games. He is willing to spend the time developing the club in a school-related atmosphere.”