- What is Esports?
- why offer esports at Vianney?
- Where do you practice/compete?
- How can I watch?
- What is the practice/competition schedule?
Esports describes the world of competitive, organized video gaming. Competitors from different schools, leagues, and teams face off in the same games that are popular in the competitive gaming scene: Overwatch, Rocket League, Rainbow Six: Siege, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Valorant, League of Legends, and many more!
Esports is a growing sport & activity taking over the high school and university scene. Colleges and Universities from across the country are offering Esports Scholarships ranging in amounts from $1,000 to Full-Rides. Currently, Vianney has 3 alumni on Esports Scholarships, and several more competing for University Esports Teams around the country. Those alumni include...
Spencer Shively '19 - Culver-Stockton University
Luke Kotcher '19 - Bradley University
Ramon Gallardo '20 - Navarro College
Responding directly to both student feedback and popular demand worldwide, Vianney set out to begin an Esports Program in November of 2019. By playing games, students are able to deepen their levels of interaction and communicate more effectively, readying them for later in life. Esports offers opportunities for student's from any background to find success. Esports builds upon the same skills that are taught in the Vianney classroom like communication, teamwork, leadership, integrity, and family spirit. These are the core values that we hold true to our program.
At Vianney Esports, we promise to promote balance as the main factor for success in Esports. We reinforce that promise by teaching our Esports students proper life-balance with faith, nutrition, sleep habits, cardio & weight training, and monitoring time spent in-game vs. time spent with family. At Vianney Esports, we begin each practice/competition in prayer, and end each practice/competition with discussion on how we can improve individually and as a team.
Esports has become a booming industry. Many job opportunities besides being a pro player are being created. Esports teaches participants many relevant skills, such as streaming, production, programming, IT infrastructure, and management.
But don't just take our word for it... see what others have to say about the growing world of Esports!
Vianney Esports claims their new home on the North-Side of the Vianney Campus in the brand-new, 1,200 sq. ft., state-of-the-art Esports Center. Outfitted with x24 cutting-edge Lenovo Legion gaming PCs, custom GT Omega gaming chairs, individual Eureka Ergonomic gaming desks, LG SmartTVs with Nintendo Switch, Xbox, and Playstation consoles.
While we are still navigating safe ways for our parents, students, and community to watch the Esports Program compete in-person, you can tune-in LIVE to watch our teams compete on game days @Vianney Esports Twitch
Link: https://www.twitch.tv/vianneyesports (NOTE: turn on notifications so you can be alerted everytime we go LIVE!)
You can follow all of our teams on our various Social Media platforms!
Practice for every competitive title is held Monday-Thursday, 3:00pm-4:30pm, in the Esports Center. Students wanting to earn a Varsity Letter for Esports are expected to be at-practice unless an excused absence is provided to the Esports Moderators with 24-hour notice.
Competition times are subject to change week-by-week, depending upon the game/league. All competitive players should expect to have 1 competitive match per week, between the hours of 3:00pm-6:00pm. The Esports Moderators/Coaches will communicate any date/time changes in advance so students/parents can plan accordingly.
Competitive Gaming operates in both the Fall and Spring semesters and follows a similar MSHAA-approach to an 8-week competitive season, followed by playoffs. Students practice and compete against schools state- and nation-wide in STEM accredited leagues (MOSEF and HSEL). The winter semester is the "off-season", where students can take advantage of Community Days.
Esports is now recognized as an "emerging sport and activity" by MSHAA. Students interested in joining one of our competitive teams are eligible to earn a Varsity Letter if they attend 80% of all practices and competitions.
Competitive teams are expected to practice Monday-Thursday, from 3:00pm-4:30pm in the Esports Center, located on the North-End of the Vianney Campus. Competitive teams will have 1 competition day per week (competition days/times are subject to change per the league).
Cost: The cost to join Vianney Esports is free! Additional costs may include: one-time fees for league registration and/or purchasing game titles.
GPA: Minimum requirement is a 2.5. Students with a D/F will be notified, and must communicate a teacher-approved academic plan to both Esports Moderators for approved return to practice/competitions.
Games: Include but are not limited to... Overwatch, Rocket League, Rainbow Six: Siege, Valorant, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and more!
Community Days are held every Friday throughout the school year hosted in the Esports Center. Community Days allow students to take full advantage of the Esports Center amenities and play what they want! Community Days feature school-wide tournaments each semester for Vianney students to challenge one another and win real prizes!
Past tournaments have included: NBA 2K, FIFA, NHL, Madden, Mario Kart, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and more!