Two AFL teams are now the driving force behind the upcoming High School Esports League, as the Bombers join league owners Adelaide Crows to bring HSEL tournaments to Victoria.
Essendon seeks to work alongside the HSEL, utilising their Bombers esports team to educate, promote, and raise awareness of gaming and esports amongst teachers, students and parents within Victoria.
HSEL Commissioner Woody Wu said “This strategic partnership with the Bombers will benefit students throughout Victoria by helping HSEL extend our reach and engagement with local schools.”
The Essendon Bombers are one of three AFL teams now invested in Esports, owners of the League of Legends Oceanic Pro League team, Bombers.
Essendon are leaders in player training, building up and supporting the growth of new talent through their Esports High-Performance Centre located at the club’s hometown. Essendon’s facilities, players and coaches will be utilised as part of the partnership.
Essendon Chief Commercial Officer Justin Rodski added “We have a dedicated esports space, access to professional players and coaches and will provide opportunities for Victorian schools to visit The Hangar to learn more about esports.
“With participation in schools expected to double in 2019, these kids are the next generation of esports stars.” added Rodski.