How to Start an Esports Team in Your School

How to Set Up a Team that Students Will Want to be a Part of

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You’ve decided that you want to start up an esports team in your school. After reviewing the benefits of academic esports, you’re confident the addition of competitive gaming will positively impact your school.

Now that your heart is set on creating a new team, you wonder, “Now what?”

Fear not, esports pioneer, we’ve laid out the stepping stones to make your journey easy. The steps below will guide you through the first few steps in forming an esports team:

Step 1: Pick Your Game

Perhaps one of the most important decisions you will make as part of this process is what game your school will support. There are many variables to consider in deciding, and your choice can make the difference between widespread engagement and an empty season roster.

First, consider what games the student body is already playing. Research this by asking around, performing a student survey, or holding a vote with your classes. Picking a game that’s already well-loved will boost student engagement. During this research, it’s also a good idea to identify how many students are actually interested in joining. Determining the number of interested students will help you gauge the expected number of participants, which can help you narrow down games based on team size.

Next, you must consider what your school will allow. Many esports have specific hardware requirements, so it’s essential to consider what sort of budget you’ll be allowed and what hardware you or potential esports team members already have available. Also, you must consider what game themes might be appropriate for your school or your target age group. As many esports have weaponry and cartoon violence, you must identify clear boundaries with your school and players’ parents.

Finally, decide the goals of your organization. The best choice will be different based on your desired outcomes for the participants. If you seek scholarships, college admission, or competition trophies, your game choice will be different than if you aim to create an environment where students can unwind and have fun in a community setting. (Note: we’ve…

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