After two successful seasons, Queensland’s XP Esports have announced a third High School League for students across the state, adding Valorant alongside previous additions Rocket League and Rainbow Six: Siege.
The addition of Riot Games’ new FPS adds another level of depth to the already impressive offering that XP Esports put up for the students of Queensland.
Their Rocket League division is partnering with Canberra Havoc in Season 2 for coaching. A similar coaching partnership has also been established between XP’s Rainbow Six division and Wildcard Gaming.
“Esports is a growing area of student interest and XP makes it easy for students to play competitively against other schools within the region,” St Thomas More College innovation and special projects manager Lauren Green said.
“The competition is very well organised, and the student engagement has been really high.”
We are excited to announce the first four schools to compete in next term's @XPHSL Valorant national pre-season competition. 🏆— XP Esports Australia (@XPEsportsAus) September 28, 2020
☑️ St Thomas More College
☑️ Forest Lake State High School
☑️ Pimlico State High School
☑️ St Brigid's Catholic College#XPHSL #VALORANT pic.twitter.com/qY6kH2KdsH
With tournament games being played live on stream every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday throughout the next two months starting October 12, there is plenty for both aspiring pros as well as avid gamers to both play and watch over the coming weeks.
According to XP Esports’ director Brodie Fisher, it’s “important people realise esports is not just about the pro players, but also for those who are simply passionate about gaming and who want to develop their skills and have fun with their friends.”
However, the tournament isn’t just about letting students play games against each other for bragging rights and wholesome entertainment.
“With XP High School League, we are educating and exposing students to an exciting and growing industry,” said Tenielle Lynch, XP Esports’ school coordinator. “We are constantly encouraging young gamers to be confident about themselves and proudly represent their schools.”
XP Esports actively try to avoid the familiar bureaucracy of traditional high school sports leagues, streamlining the process to make sure students can focus on playing the game.
“The XP league makes enrolling and managing esports teams easy, allowing you to focus on player management,” says Matthew Flinders Anglican College’s Leon Marsden, who oversaw one of the school’s teams all the way to the Season 2 Rainbow Six championship
Any school or students who are interested in participating in the upcoming season of XP’s High School League are encouraged to register on XP Esports’ website before the first rounds of competition begin in early October.