META High School Esports welcomes Acer Computer Australia and Intel as sponsors of its nationwide esports league for high school students.
META High School Esports aims to engage with schools, parents, and government to help high school students improve life skills and educational outcomes through their passion for esports and gaming. META gives schools access to local and national leagues, training, development and esports arenas. Close to 2,000 students across Australia and New Zealand are currently involved in META’s esports leagues, which include League of Legends, Rocket League and NBA 2K.
The sponsorship will go towards funding hardware peripherals, securing venues for tournaments, and enabling greater reach to involve as many students as possible, including through new training camps.
The Adelaide Football Club is the parent company of the league and Chief Operating Officer, Nigel Smart is excited about the difference this sponsorship will make to students.
“This sponsorship means we can deliver a great tournament experience to the students in our program and provide them an invaluable opportunity to engage with esports,” said Smart.
“Australia is growing an as important player on the global stage and increased support for our next generation of esports stars will help Australia and New Zealand continue to thrive in esports.
“Our students are so passionate about gaming, and if we can help them share that with their peers and a wider audience, we can drive greater engagement in the school system. It doesn’t just help skills like communication and teamwork, it also helps with school attendance and gives them a space to learn and feel welcome.”
With the global esports economy increasing by over 40 per cent year on year, esports is now the fastest growing spectator sport worldwide. Australia currently hosts one of the world’s largest esports tournaments, the Intel Extreme Masters Sydney, which this year featured three Australian teams battling to win a share of a USD$250,000 prize pool.
As a result of this exponential growth, Australia is seeing more and more integration of gamification into learning and education. Studies have shown that gaming enhances students learning abilities and skills, in particular through gaming’s pedagogical application of gamification, collective responsibility and strong game dynamics with engagement and motivation which encourages social interaction.
Darren Simmons, Managing Director Oceania, Acer Computer Australia, believes it is the greater critical thinking and strategic skills which this gamification achieves which are so important for personal and educational development of students.
“We have seen the many results from incorporating gamification into educational learning activities with our own initiatives. It provides a layer of fun and enjoyment with is extremely helpful with transforming students attitudes and experiences towards learning,” said Simmons.
“For example, games like League of Legends focus on the concept of teamwork and cooperation, which develops a collective responsibility with players to not let down their team. This translates into everyday life and learning with group work, team sports and working collaboratively with colleagues.
“We are continuing to heavily invest in the esports industry from grassroots levels and initiatives to tournaments and big events such as IEM and Predator League.
“Initiatives like META provides students the opportunity to become part of something bigger and share their love for gaming with like-minded peers. We’re excited to be part of that, and to help students across Australia and New Zealand find and harness their passion for games.”
For Santhosh Viswanathan, Managing Director, Sales and Marketing, Intel Asia Pacific and Japan Territory, competitions like META are indicative of the passion which is now building for esports.
“Australia and New Zealand’s esports industry is in the middle of a boom period,” said Viswanathan.
“It’s a scene filled with so much enthusiasm and we’re proud to be supporting its growth across the region with this sponsorship.
“Grassroots initiatives like the META league will help build the success of the industry by finding the next generation of gamers, shoutcasters, and streamers. We’re thrilled to help kids learn, grow and have fun, all while making new friends and learning important skills from teamwork to tenacity.”
About META High School Esports
META’s mission is to engage with schools, parents and government to help high school students improve life skills and educational outcomes through their passion for esports and gaming. We will do this through the support of our parent company, the Adelaide Football Club, and the wealth of experience that our partners and employees bring to the table.
We believe that esports is a healthy, challenging and fun activity that can play a formative role in building life skills, and we strive to create the highest quality experience for all participants.
For more information, please visit https://www.metahse.gg/.
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League Commissioner, META High School Esports
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Acer Computer Company Ltd.
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Consultant, Archetype Australia
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