Are you up to the challenge?

Esports supports developmental growth in students. Students learn communication and leadership skills. Esports can help students handle stress, make tough decisions, commit to a process, and work collaboratively. Esports provides a team environment to a new group of students that may not fit into other areas where teamwork is necessary for success.

Participating Schools

Capitol Hill
High School

Classen SAS High School
at Northeast

Douglass
High School

Emerson North
High School

Emerson South
Mid-High School

John Marshall Enterprise High School

Northwest Classen
High School

Putnam Heights
Academy

Southeast
High School

Star Spencer
High School

U.S. Grant
High School

Frequently Asked Questions

What is esports?

Esports is competitive organized video gaming.

Why do our students need it?

Esports supports developmental growth in students. Students learn communication and leadership skills. Esports can help students handle stress, make tough decisions, commit to a process, and work collaboratively. Esports provides a team environment to a new group of students that may not fit into other areas where teamwork is necessary for success.

Who can participate?

This year, OKCPS is sponsoring all high schools. They will be looking at middle schools in the future. Elementary schools do not participate in esports. Students must be academically eligible to compete.

Is there a women’s team and a men’s team?

No. Esports athletes compete together. Age, race, gender, and disability make no difference in the esports arena. Esports provides a great opportunity for students from all walks of life to come together for a common purpose.

Is there a cost barrier to being an esports athlete?

OKCPS never wants cost to be a barrier to students participating in school activities. Each high school will have the necessary equipment for students to participate. No personal equipment is necessary. Some students may choose to practice at home on a personal computer or a Nintendo Switch. Most tournaments are free to enter.

What games will we compete in?

OKCPS is focused on making sure games are age appropriate. For the 2021-22 school year, the district will have high school students competing in Super Smash Brothers, Rocket League, League of Legends, and Overwatch. Individual campuses may look to compete in other games, but not without permission and approval from a district Esports Coordinator.

Why were these games chosen?

The four games chosen represent different genres of gaming that run parallel with professional gaming. The chosen games represent a variety of play, from beginner to expert level.

Do I need an expensive computer system to compete?

No. OKCPS is providing all equipment needed.

Are we playing in a league?

Yes. We are participating with schools all over Oklahoma in the Oklahoma E Sports League (OESL).

Are there seasons for competitive play?

Yes. There is a fall season and a spring season in the OESL. Both seasons last approximately 3 months. Different games are focused on during different seasons.

Do the students practice?

Yes. Coaches will hold practice for at least 3 hours per week during season play. During practice, students learn teamwork and prepare for the next competition. Practice will happen after school in most cases.

Do they play other schools?

Yes. They play other schools all over the state from their home campus computers and Nintendo Switches. Competitions are held weekly.

Are there tournaments?

Yes. We have a goal of participating in a tournament each semester. Tournaments will be in-state.

Is transportation for practice and competitions provided?

Families will be expected to provide transportation for students to get home after practices, and to and from school for competitions. However, each school will provide transportation to tournaments.

How much does it cost?

There is no cost to play in weekly competitions. Most tournaments are free. On occasion, it may cost $5 to enter an event at a tournament.

Should I buy my student a computer or a Nintendo Switch to practice at home?

Having a computer or a Switch at home can help, but it is not necessary.

Schools provide the time and equipment necessary to compete and every school will have a coach to support their students. Teamwork is more often the deciding factor in a close match than individual skill.

Are esports available in college?

Yes. Over 300 universities have esports teams. Local and national universities offer esports major and minor degrees. Degrees offered include esports management, esports and gaming, etc.

Can students earn a college scholarship through eSports?

Yes. One university offers $150,000/year in esports scholarships. Universities all over the country are adding esports scholarships. Esports university coaches are using their resources to help students get scholarships in other areas to keep them competing at their home campuses as well.

What salary does a professional esports player make?

The top 95 esports players in the world all make in excess of $1 million/year. The average professional player may make around $60,000/year.

Are there other careers of interest in the esports field?

Yes. There is a need for many different types of career paths in this field, to include: Esports Coordinator, Event Planner/Manager, Media Planner, Coach, Recruiter, Esports Manager, Sports Broadcaster, Social Marketing Manager, Advertising/Sponsorship Director, Shoutcaster/Gaming Commentator, Marketing Manager, Esports Community Manager, Media Manager, Video Analyst, Esports Video Editor, Insights Analyst, Travel Manager, Producer, Brand Manager.