Esports has proven to be an incredible way to teach students the value of perseverance, teamwork, and communication in a way that was previously only accessible to physical athletes. I have seen these benefits firsthand this Fall and they were more impactful than I imagined. After an extremely successful semester, with 3 teams making it to the playoffs, one to the elite 8 and one to the final 4 against 210 teams, some basic equipment and accessibility needs have become apparent. First, we must pay for a separate internet connection to play lag free. We have this now and it costs $65 a month. Also, not every student has a Nintendo Switch that can connect to the wired network or a Pro Controller. With 4 Nintendo Switches ($300 each) and 4 pro controllers ($70 each), any student who joins will be able to compete in the Nintendo titles. Finally, an Unlimited pass with PlayVs will cost us around $1000 plus tax for the Spring season. If this can be paid for by donations, more students will be able to afford to join e-sports.
So proud of you and your team!!
Super exciting! I'm glad that CATA is doing this.
Champions in no time, go Cougars!