Esports

Company Intros Recreational Esports Leagues

A 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.

Each 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.

"GGLeagues' 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."

Organizations that are interested in bringing gaming leagues to their area can register on 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.

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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.

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