What is Esports?
In recent years there has been a huge rise in competitive gaming, which has lead to popularizing the term "Esports" (Electronic Sports)
Esports is separate from traditional gaming in that it has a larger focus on competitive play, where as normal gaming is usually considered as a "just for fun" activity.
More than just a hobby
The big leagues
Esports events have now grown to a size where they can have massive prize pools, and players are encouraged to treat gaming as they would any other competitive sports. This includes healthy lifestyle choices, teambuilding exercises, good communication and more!
Local Esports Partners
The HSESL is like any other Secondary School Sport, Students sign up to their school team and compete weekly on a digital 'field'. They practice like traditional sports, have their own coaches, strategies and in some case a team manager.
The HSESL is played competitively throughout Term 2 and Term 3 with a regular season, Regional playoffs and in Term 4 the Grand Finale or National Championship where we crown Aotearoa's very best High School Team from each game title.
Players all over Aotearoa can now take part in the National qualifiers. Only the best will make it through to the Finals for a shot at the grand prize.
There will be national and international qualifiers, so if the national qualifiers don't go your way, you'll still have a second chance to qualify for the tournament. If you know how to push towers, crush minions, and defeat your opponent before they can do the same to you, then this tournament is for you!
The Right Tools for the Job
Gearing up for gaming
As with all sports - in order to compete on an even playing field, you're going to need the right gear!
The main measure of how suitable a gaming system is for Esports is called "FPS" or "Frames per Second".
An FPS number tells you how many images the computer is capable of presenting to your monitor per second on a particular game.
The higher the number, the smoother and clearer the game will appear.
It's also important to have a monitor that is responsive and has a high enough "refresh rate" to get the most out of a gaming pc.
The refresh rate is the maximum number of frames a monitor can present in one second.
Did you know:
Most professional gamers will actually turn their graphics settings down, in order to reduce the strain on their computer and allow it to increase the frame rate!
Our Most Popular Esports Gaming System
If you're a player looking to dive into the world of competitive gaming, or an organisation looking to get started with running esports events, This is a good place to start!