HSEL continues to grow in anticipation of new international esports opportunities in 2019. The League will add new venues annd more contestants & events.
Australia’s High School Esports League Expands into New Zealand in 2019
Australia’s High School Esports League (HSEL) has managed to introduce a number of expansions to its name over the past 12 months. Most of these deals are already operational, but the organization is also tipped to see several of them launch in 2019.
Having close ties with multiple esports outfits and hosting competitions in several disciplines, HSEL has experience with Rocket League and League of Legends, and others, managing to bring all five territories together to compete against each other.
— META High School Esports (@METAhse) November 19, 2018
Starting on a modest note, with just one state and 16 schools to its name, HSEL has managed to add over 60 school and oversee the creation of 100 separate esports outfits fielding the cumulative number of 670 competitors. HSEL has been able to add a number of endemic and non-endemic partners, growing its numbers exponentially.
Key take outs from the HSEL:
- 60 + Schools
- 100+ Teams
- 300 + Matches Played
- 5 Live Finals
- 2 Games
- 670 Students
With 300 matches played, the league is preparing to scale its operations and go global in 2019, with the body planning to cover both Australia and New Zealand moving forward. New Zealand is particularly ripe for esports investment, with the country starting to build its own ecosystem.
Back by Riot Games, HSEL’s efforts resemble those of collegiate esports in North America, where the game developer is also helping competitive video gaming at schools develop.
The league is part of Adelaide Crows Australian Rules Football (AFL), which is also owner of esports team Legacy. The franchise has nothing in common with the NFL team and brand, though. According to Nigel Smart, HSEL Crows Chief Operating Office, the organization has had a good run in 2018.
The inaugural HSEL was highly successful this year with Western Australia’s Willetton Senior High winning the regional trophy. – Nigel Smart
Mr. Smart has said that the HSEL will actively seek to expand its footprint and create high profile school esports across the Oceania region.
Meanwhile, HSEL Commissioner Woody Wu has been satisfied with the progress that has been achieved, noting the expansion efforts to reach New Zealand and other regions.
This partnership will allow us to build upon what we have done in year one and will see us reach more schools and students. Our goal will always be to help students develop character and grow through their passions. – Woody Wu
HSEL has been wrapping up one important partnership after another since it first arrived. Just in December, HSEL added Australian Football League (AFL) club Greater Western Sydney Giants to the list of partners who support and endorse the organization.
Meanwhile, HSEL began as a purely fan-driven initiative, with teachers taking it upon themselves to organize students in teams and start competing against each other in scrims and other practice sessions.
Riot Games’ abundant advertisement also helped significantly, leading to a better awareness for the entire organization.
In North America, high-school sports have been developing rather quicker than their counterparts in Oceania, with multiple titles being added to the list of available games. In the summer, the U.S. High School Esports League, introduced Fortnite as one of the available competitions.