Students in San Bernardino County will have a new way to play, connect and transform with the debut of the new San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools (SBCSS) eSports League in January 2021. A countywide virtual pilot eSports tournament was held Thursday, Oct. 29, for participating school districts and their students.

“Gaming within a team environment provides opportunities for students to work cooperatively while developing problem solving and strategy skills,” said County Superintendent Ted Alejandre. “eSports will keep students connected and engaged during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.”

SBCSS eSports will be hosting weekly Winter Jam open play events for participants to explore the gaming platforms, procedures and team formation guidelines. The program will expand into a Winter eSports Playground with bi-weekly tournaments which will culminate with a larger county-wide tournament in the spring.

SBCSS Digital Learning Services is coordinating the program and creating awareness on the benefits of gaming to increase attendance rates, inclusion and socialization among students. Other side benefits of eSports participation are that it may lead to increased digital citizenship and foster STEM learning and education for students.

Districts interested in forming eSports site teams are invited to participate in an informational meeting to be held on Thursday, Nov. 12. Register at sbcss.k12oms.org/2550-194010

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