Get Your Game On: These Local Schools Have Launched eSports Teams

These local schools compete for prizes and scholarships in the digital realm of electronic sports, known as eSports.
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These local schools compete for prizes and scholarships in the digital realm of electronic sports, known as eSports.

 

School: Oak Hills
Team name: Highlanders
Founded in: 2020
Games played: Fortnite, Clash Royale, Rocket League, Valorant, Overwatch, Smash Ultimate, Smite
Power-up: The first player signed to Cincinnati Fear, currently the Queen City’s largest eSports team, was Stephen Schmidt—an Oak Hills graduate currently ranked as the No. 1 Smash Ultimate player in Ohio.

School: Middletown
Team name: Middies
Founded in: 2020
Games played: Fortnite, Overwatch, Rocket League, Smash Ultimate, Valorant
Power-up: Three Middletown players were named to the Southwest Ohio All-Stars team this season—one for Smash, one for Overwatch, one for Valorant.

School: Gamble Montessori
Team name: Gaming Gators
Founded in: 2022
Games played: Smash Ultimate
Power-up: Gamble was the first CPS school to create an eSports team, and was runner-up in the finals for the Smash Ultimate Southwest Ohio League. (There are now six CPS schools with eSports teams.)

School: Moeller
Team name: Crusaders
Founded in: 2019
Games played: Overwatch, League of Legends, Rocket League, Smash Ultimate
Power-up: At time of writing, Moeller’s ’23 Smash Ultimate team is tied for first in all of Ohio with a perfect 7–0 record.

School: Mariemont
Team name: Warriors
Founded in: 2020
Games played: Overwatch, Rocket League, Smash Ultimate
Power-up: Mariemont’s eSports program is very active on social media, often livestreaming on Twitch and posting clips to Instagram and Twitter.

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