America’s top teenage video game players will gather at Walt Disney World in June 2020 when the Electronic Gaming Federation and the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex combine forces to launch a national high school Esports Championship.
Electronic Gaming Federation (EGF) and ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex recently announced they will host the national interscholastic high school esports championship tournament, June 12-14, 2020, featuring the best high school esports teams in America.
Teams will earn their way into the national championship by advancing through a series of regional qualifying events in fall 2019 and spring 2020. Additional details, including top teams and tournament format, will be announced in the coming weeks.
EGF, founded in 2013, is widely recognized as the leading organization for the management and delivery of organized high school and collegiate esports, staging more than 2,000 events across the nation each year. Esports is one of the fastest growing activities in the world in terms of participation and audience size. According to gaming industry experts, there are more than two billion participants and viewers of esports and gaming worldwide.
“We are proud to be working with The Electronic Gaming Federation on what we think will be an exciting venture into the esports business,” said Faron Kelley, Vice President of ESPN Wide World of Sports. “This project represents a new opportunity for us here at the sports complex and we look forward to hosting the high school esports national championship next year.”
“Disney is a world class brand that we at EGF are pleased to be working with, especially at this time of tremendous growth in competitive interscholastic esports,” said Tyler Schrodt, CEO of EGF. “We share the core belief with Disney that well-organized and managed esports competitions can have a positive and beneficial impact on students, parents and schools. The opportunity to work with Disney, a global leader, known for its responsible approach in everything it does, is not only in line with our values, but represents a unique opportunity for the increased growth of esports.”
The ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, located at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, also hosts AAU National Championships in basketball, gymnastics, volleyball and track and field, as well as the Pop Warner Super Bowl, Disney Soccer Showcase events for boys and girls, the Summit All-Star Championships (dance and cheer) and the Jr. NBA Global Championships. In all, more than 100 sports and entertainment events take place at the sports complex each year and the venue has accommodated 70 different sports featuring athletes from 70 different countries since opening its doors in 1997.
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