The High School League (HSL) is a New Zealand tournament in which 50 student teams – all supported by teachers – take to the Rift to compete in games of League of Legends. Students have battled over 12 weeks, and the competition is now down to the final eight.
“We’ve had lots of feedback from teachers and players that this is providing students a good opportunity to represent their school, especially for those who haven’t had the opportunity to do so in the past,” says John McRae, Managing Director of the HSL. “The HSL has put many students on a level playing field with the traditional sports players in schools, and the game itself promotes teamwork, healthy competition and sportsmanship.”
But students aren’t just playing League, they’re also involved in other facets of broadcast.
HSL is not just seeking to develop the next generation of esports stars but also the next generation of esports professionals
“ An effort has been made to include students as much as possible in the administration, management and broadcasting of the HSL,” McRae tells us. “HSL is not just seeking to develop the next generation of esports stars but also the next generation of esports professionals.”
To this end, matches are being broadcast twice a week, and student shoutcasters from Computer Power Plus are calling the action.
“The HSL has a future development program for up and coming shoutcaster hopefuls, to give them the opportunity to commentate on the mainstage,” says McRae.