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Fees for eSports waived, sign up today

If you are interested in playing on the eSports team this fall, there are now no fees required, so anyone who would like to play should sign up now. There will be a brief informational meeting for all players in Coach Smith's room on the English wing after school today, October 16.

Mr. Layton Smith, coach of the Varsity eSports team

The deadline to sign up has been pushed back to today, so make sure to attend the meeting and get your parent permission form signed if you're planning on playing this season.

The first official season match will be held on the following Tuesday, October 20, at 4 p.m. Matches are held in the inTech Lab by the Guidance office.

There will be no official practices this season; instead, students will collaborate to arrange practices outside of school.

eSports is a Varsity sport coached by English and Journalism teacher Mr. Layton Smith. This is the fourth season for the Cairo High eSports team, which competes in both the fall and spring against teams in our local area and around the state. The team, nicknamed the Super Makers, advanced to the first round of the state playoffs in Spring 2019.

Students don't need any equipment or a jersey to participate, but if they would like to purchase a t-shirt jersey, they may do so for $10.

According to Mr. Layton Smith, playing eSports at CHS is a "great way to make new friends and have a good time.”

At Cairo High, eSports players currently compete in "League of Legends," a “team-based competitive game mode based on strategy and outplaying opponents.”

Each year, 200 colleges and universities offer $10 million in scholarships to eSports players, and most of the scholarships each year are given to players of "League of Legends," one of the first major eSports with a competitive scene in college.

According to Tonya Anderson, associate director of the Georgia High School Association, “although it involves competitive gaming [eSports are] much more than video games.”

According to PlayVS, the company which works with the GHSA to oversee eSports in Georgia, “eSports demands all the teamwork, communication, strategic thinking and leadership skills any traditional sport.”

It is the “perfect way to provide your students with a sense of community and connectivity,” a company representative stated.

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