META High School Esports is pleased to announce Optus as major sponsor of its esports league for high school students in Australia and New Zealand.
META engages with schools, parents, and government to help high school students improve life skills and educational outcomes through their passion for esports and gaming.
Through META, close to 300 school-based teams have access to local and national leagues, training, and development in popular games, including League of Legends, Rocket League and NBA 2K.
META was established by the Adelaide Football Club, which also owns professional franchise Legacy Esports, in 2018.
META High School Esports League Commissioner Woody Wu said the new partnership with Optus will help the organisation to create a more engaging and exciting experience for the next generation of aspiring esports athletes.
“For young gamers, META is seen as the first step in their pathway to become a professional player,” Wu said.
“With the support of partners like Optus, this year is the first time we have been able to run our regional championships at a professional level.
“Providing an incredible tournament experience for the students and giving them that big competition feel will hopefully inspire and drive them to aspire to the next level.
“We believe that students can learn valuable skills through esports, such as teamwork, communication, discipline, dealing with adversity.
“Thanks to Optus, we can provide infrastructure and support for schools and students to build these skills, work with their passion for esports and reach their full potential.
“We are looking forward to discovering the next international superstar from Australia or New Zealand through META.”
This announcement for Optus comes after last week’s partnership announcement with Legacy Esports.
“We are pleased to be able to work on the META High School Esports program and this partnership signals our intention within this growing esports segment,” Optus’ Head of Marketing Mel Hopkins said.
“This program not only teaches students about the boundaries of gaming but provides a pathway for students that wish to pursue esports professionally.
“We know our robust network will play a key role in facilitating the future of the Australian esports industry and we look forward to playing our part in furthering this program for high school students.”