Posted Date: 09/14/2021
Members of Oklahoma’s eSports community are split over an OSSAA decision that some say could prevent their kids from participating in future competition.
“Key players weren’t involved in a decision that [they] should have been involved in,” said Todd Borland, founder of the Oklahoma eSports League. “We’re not thrilled with their management partner and how that has been chosen.”
The concern lies with PlayVS, a for-profit organization out of California, that will run the OSSAA’s state championships. Many who oppose the decision are frustrated they were left out of the conversation.
“When you have two leagues in the state of Oklahoma operated by Oklahomans for Oklahomans, it only makes sense to contact one or two and get their view on the matter before making such a huge decision,” said Oklahoma Scholastic eSports founder Brian Morris. “Why would you grow [eSports] organically using a third-party company based outside of the state that doesn’t even care about our kids.”
Borland expressed similar concern, pointing out that the current OSSAA model through PlayVS includes a hefty fee to participate.
“We don’t like Oklahoma dollars leaving the state and not going back to our kids,” he said. “We want Oklahoma dollars stay benefitting Oklahoma kids not leaving the state.”