League of Legends on TBS

Turner & IMG’s ELEAGUE, in partnership with Riot Games, will show League of Legends – the world’s most-played PC game – in a 1 Hour TBS special set to show Friday, Oct. 19, at 10 p.m. CST on TBS. ELEAGUE’s Esports 101: League of Legends will provide a lighthearted, easy to understand intro to League of Legends – the fast-paced, team-based strategy battle game with millions of gamers worldwide and with 14 professional leagues.

This is just another example of eSports taking center stage in media around the world. The growth is outstanding.

The show – co-hosted by League of Legends experts Bil “Jump” Carter & Kelsie “KayPea” Pelling – will celebrate the culture, history and in-game elements of the title’s global esports scene. ELEAGUE’s Esports 101: League of Legends will debut during the LoL World Championship 2018 (Sept. 22 through Nov. 3 in South Korea).

Read the full press release on ELeague.

Building a Nationwide High School Esports League

Over the last several months much of the media coverage on the growth of the sports has been related to what is happening in colleges and universities. While the growth in this sector is rapid, there is a similar growth pattern in high schools.

The eSports Observer notes, “High schools could prove to be a crucial formative period for any future gaming star. For many institutions, developing a dedicated facility for gaming isn’t nearly as costly as in traditional sports. “Most people are surprised by how easy to build an esports program at their school, and how affordable too” said Parnell. “The biggest onboarding process we have to overcome is the IT equipment. Really understand how the IT network is set up, unblock certain websites…ports for servers, for particular games we’re rolling out.””

The ideal scenario would be for high schools to provide centers directly for their students. Obviously, there’s a financial barrier of entry for this, which leads the way for third-party gaming center to provide the same kind of services to the high schools.

Building a gaming center in a community is more than installing technology. It is the opportunity to provide easy access to all local universities and colleges, high schools and clubs throughout the city, not to mention those who simply love gaming and are not yet directly connected to the community.

Listen to the informative podcast on Soundcloud.

Ohio State University eSports Program

Imagine a world-class soccer team, such as Manchester United, deciding to build a stadium in a city that has never heard of soccer. First would come curiosity, then observers, then fans … And very quickly you would not find one person in the city who did not know what soccer was. It would affect all age groups, every part of society, and the general awareness of something that was previously not known would become standard.

This is precisely what is happening with eSports.

Major entities and influencers around the world are pushing global awareness like never before. We see it with celebrities, professional athletic teams, and Rockstars.

This past week Ohio State University became the next big influencer.

Ohio State University (OSU) is developing a new comprehensive esports program that will bring together academics, collegiate competition, and multidisciplinary research. The program will span across five of the university’s colleges, with a focus on game studies and esports.

The curriculum will include undergraduate and graduate esports degrees, an elective course in esports content production, and online certification programs for specialized credentials. Part of the program extends to the OSU’s Wexner Medical Center, where prospective students will study the relationships between the brain, bodies, and behaviors of esports athletes.

The phenomenon is about to happen Ohio’s only evidence of what will happen in key cities around the world. This is not something to be relegated in the United States to New York and Los Angeles … But rather it will touch every town in one way or another.

The same is true outside of the US. What city do you live in? Have you done a quick Google search for eSports in the name of your city? You might find some interesting developments.

Continue Reading the original story in The Esports Observer.

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