With the rise of competitive college gaming, my mind has recently turned to the possibility of school teams for competitive gaming in a more mainstream format. One of the things that I’ve considered is asking my high school if they were willing to host a fundraiser to start their own competitive team(s.) It would help to build school spirit, as I know that at least I don’t really pay attention to high school sports. Thus, with the addition of more things people may care about such as competitive gaming, I believe the school could see its spirit enhanced.
Our local radio station is WEEM, and it usually is capable of hosting fundraisers or just getting attention in general. The radio station could conduct a fundraiser, which could serve as an interest survey into a possible competitive gaming team for the high school. Plus, there is a league dedicated to setting up high school tournaments for competitive gaming in North America (the High School Starleague. No, that is not a typo.) At worst, the best argument for a competitive gaming high school team would be additional profits from advertisers and tickets for the tournaments.
Considering how much popularity eSports has garnered, I would say that missing out on a growing fan base and getting experienced players early would be a huge missed opportunity. If the high school would try to take advantage of this, the two biggest challenges would be getting the equipment and finding the players. Not everyone is suited to become a competitive gamer, as reaction times are so fine as to the point where milliseconds can mark victory or defeat in a video game. High-end gaming PCs (so that a player’s performance would not be “bottlenecked” by the quality of the system they are running on) also run quite a high price, and a minimum of 6 (most competitive games feature teams of six) would be needed. Preferably, we’d have 12 systems, so that another team doesn’t have to lug what could possibly be 20-pound, fragile machines across the continent. However, if the school is willing to either pay for this or have a fundraiser pay for it, I believe it could pay off in the long-run. All that is needed after the equipment is gotten is the voice of WEEM.