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 Esports Tournament Offers Teamwork, Competition

With most sports on the sideline during the pandemic, students aren't getting as many opportunities to compete and work as a team as they used to, but an esports tournament coming next month will give them just that chance.

The Oct. 3 esports tournament is hosted by the San Diego County Office of Education to bring students throughout the county an experience that can help build skills related to collaboration, strategy, and leadership through online video games.

And esports are about more than just video games. The North American Scholastic Esports Federation has curriculum and other learning resources that teachers can use to augment student's participation in the leagues.

"We are excited about the opportunities that esports bring to our students," said Dr. Paul Gothold, San Diego County superintendent of schools. "It's important to give our students as many ways as possible to connect with school in a meaningful way."

The tournament is split into two sections: a Minecraft build challenge and a Fortnite challenge. Families, educators, and friends will have a chance to view the competition online. There is no fee for either competition.

The Minecraft challenge will focus on heroes and is open to any students in the county. It will be from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 3.

The Fortnite challenge is only open to school-sanctioned esports teams or clubs. It will be from 12:30 to 4 p.m., also Oct. 3.

Register by Sept. 26 either for Minecraft or Fortnite.