Written By: Kyle Tanedo
Liberty’s Gaming Club has partnered with Silver State Esports, a recently created league by Davis Cowles, a senior at West Career & Technical Academy (WCTA) and president of their gaming club. This is a state-wide esports league that puts a plethora of high schools against each other in seven different games. Those games being; Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, League of Legends, Minecraft (Survival Games), Fortnite, Overwatch, Counter-Strike Global Offensive (CSGO) and Rainbow 6 Siege. More games will be added and some will be removed depending on popularity and esports potential.
This league was created due to the lack of traditional sports at certain schools and to be able to introduce students to the world of Esports as its growing in popularity. Silver State Esports is run by students for students and events are helped to be planned by the board of Gaming/Esports Clubs and those on the board of the league.
“High school esports is a great idea to introduce so many people to a somewhat new concept. Ever since the Esports Arena has been introduced in the Luxor, esports has been slowly growing,” said Carl Lambert (11).
Tournaments of this league are planned to be held at local venues, such as Gameworks and Wolf and Lamb PC. The league doesn’t follow a strict schedule as many other leagues do. Instead, events/tournaments are done upon request of the High Schools or the League Members.
Silver State Esports’ pricing is much cheaper than other high school level esports leagues where they might charge a hundred dollars or more fee.Their pricing is based off the total entry fee and venue fee which will then go to the venue as a thank you for letting them use the venue for the tournament/event. The total typically comes out to about $10 per person for every event they enter; although, the fee may vary depending on the scale of the event.
The league will also bring five students per high school to the LVL UP Expo, on February 21-23, 2020. These students will get in for free to participate in a tournament of the student’s choosing, along with a jersey that represents their school and sponsors of Silver State Esports. It’s highly recommended to join the Gaming Club to be one of the five students that goes to LVL UP Expo.
Gaming Club is every Friday, after school in room 823. They then move to the library to play video games on consoles provided by club members or the board to play for the day.