Australia’s High School Esports League (HSEL) is pleased to announce that it has partnered with Riot Games and the Melbourne Esports Open, to provide an exciting opportunity for the Victorian High School finalists to compete in the live Grand Final at the Melbourne Esports Open (MEO), on Sunday, September 2.
HSEL will hold their Victorian League of Legends State final at Margaret Court Arena, on stage in front of a live audience, prior to the Oceanic Pro League Grand Final at Rod Laver Arena.
HSEL are currently playing the Victorian Premier division to decide which two Victorian High School teams get to play at the event.
Play offs will get underway two weeks from now, with Melbourne High School, Roxburgh College 1 and McKinnon Secondary College A the teams currently holding the top three positions.
High School Esports League Commissioner Woody Wu said it is important for students to have an opportunity to represent their school in a live setting.
“Something about coming together as a team and community is extra special for the world of esports, especially in the grass roots scene where people usually only compete together online,” Mr Wu said.
“Being able to celebrate with your teammates, communicate not just verbally but through body language as well and the chance to interact with your opponent’s goes a long way when it comes to developing team skills and sportsmanship.
“Having the opportunity to provide a live esports experience at an exciting event like the Melbourne Esports Open only adds to it all.”
SVP of ESL APJ, Nick Vanzetti, welcomed the addition of HSEL as part of MEO, a joint venture between TEG Live and ESL.
“HSEL is building a wonderful grassroots esports business, connecting high schools across Australia in managed esports tournaments, developing talent and linking grassroots esports to further opportunities in a growing industry,” Mr Vanzetti said.
“Having HSEL as part of MEO is a win win for all concerned.”
Riot’s Head of Esports – OCE, Chris Schubert, is also excited to see the HSEL partnering with MEO to bring live League of Legends to the Margaret Court Arena.
“Providing the opportunity for students to come together and support their school’s esports team is an amazing initiative,” Mr Schubert said.
Tickets to the Melbourne Esports Open are available now from Ticketek.