With colleges around the country beginning to offer esports scholarships (video games), high schools have begun to follow suit in at least one state. Arizona announced on Tuesday that, starting in the spring of 2019, the Arizona Interscholastic Association, which governs most of the state’s high school sports, would begin offering a high school esports league.
In partnership with Legacy Esports and High School Esports League, the sports will be considered varsity athletics, and state championships will be offered. The opening season will offer competition in Overwatch, with teams being made up of 6 players and using a ‘variety of game modes and objectives.’
“With the continued growth of esports nationwide, we wanted to create a structured format for high school students to compete for a state championship in Arizona, no different than any other sport or activity,” said Brian Bolitho, Director of Business Development for the Arizona Interscholastic Association. “We are excited to partner with Legacy Esports and HSEL as they are best suited to provide the esports platform that best fits our mission and vision.”