Generation Esports announced Tuesday a partnership with the U.S. Army National Guard in conjunction with existing partners to develop esports labs for 25 schools in North America through the High School Esports League.
Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
HSEL-partnered schools selected to receive an installation will be given PCs, monitors, and other accessories provided by ASUS and Intel including six PC systems powered by the Intel Core i7 processor, ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1660 Super graphics cards, mechanical keyboards, wireless headsets, and gaming mice provided by ASUS.
HSEL participating schools can apply to receive these computers and accessories pre-built or choose a DIY (do-it-yourself) option guided by “advisors from partner representatives,” who will also provide advice for “STEM-related career choices and college programs. “
One school will be selected to receive a full Internet infrastructure upgrade from HSEL networking sponsor Extreme Networks.
Schools that wish to take part in the program need to submit an application (deadline is Jan. 31, 2020), and provide details of the space where they would like the lab to be built.
High School Esports League is operated by Generation Esports, which administers a similar scholastic esports league for middle school students called the Middle School Esports League (MSEL).
HSEL’s current partners include ASUS and its Republic of Gamers (ROC) and TUF Gaming brands, Intel, video game training platform Aim Lab, fast food chain Zaxby’s, apparel company Skullz, and collegiate sports recruiting organization Next College Student Athlete (NCSA).
The U.S. military has received some unwanted attention this year in the way it interacts with young people on platforms such as Twitch and YouTube through its gaming and esports related activities, despite the fact that it has had a presence on high school campuses across the United States for decades. In July an amendment to House appropriations bill H.R. 7617 was put forward by U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) that would have forbidden the military from using government funding for esports and streaming-related activities. The amendment was defeated during a floor vote.