Company Intros Recreational Esports Leagues
- By Dian Schaffhauser
company has launched an initiative to make recreational esports
gaming available in a league format. GGLeagues
said it would launch its first season of 2021 on Jan. 16. Company
officials said in a press release that it works with schools,
recreation agencies, park districts and companies to launch and
manage esports leagues and tournaments for both young people and
adults. All leagues feature a beginner division and an open division,
enabling players of all skill levels to compete.
season will run six weeks, and matches will take place on Saturdays.
Games include League of Legends, Overwatch, Super Smash Bros. and
Rocket League, among others. The cost of participation varies, but
appears to be between $20 and $60 per player.
goal is to bring recreational gaming to gamers everywhere," said
CEO Erich Bao. "Right now, esports competitions are largely
reserved for elite players. GGLeagues will change that by building
recreational esports infrastructure across the nation. Similar to how
there are youth sports and adult recreational sports, GGLeagues gives
all players a chance to compete at the games they love."
that are interested in bringing gaming leagues to their area can
the company's website,
as can competitors
who want to sign up for one of the recreational leagues.
Those competing in youth leagues must be 17 or younger.
Dian Schaffhauser is a senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal, Campus Technology and Spaces4Learning. She can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter @schaffhauser.