- Dale Duff Reporting ([email protected])
The Maine Principals’ Assocication (MPA) will add esports to its list of extracurricular activities for high schools in the state starting this fall.
Esports is being called the fastest-growing sport in schools across the country.
The MPA will partner with a company called PlayVS which provides the scheduling and infrastructure for high school and college competition.
MPA assistant executive director Mike Bisson says Maine high schools will compete in two games – Rocket League and League of Legends. Some Maine students competed in an unaffiliated esports program last year and hopes at least 20 schools join in the play to offer a state championship at the end of competition.
PlayVS describes the two competitive games this way…
Rocket League: “Players work with their team to advance the ball down the field and score goals in their opponents’ net. Rocket League is a technical game which involves both high-level dexterity and fast-paced gameplay. It’s soccer with cars.”
League of Legends: “It is a complex game involving both high-level strategy and fast-paced gameplay. Skilled players know how to beat the opponent in front of them, while keeping the macro-elements in mind to support their team to victory.”
The MPA says the first competition of esports will take place on October 12th.