Union Public Schools has launched the Oklahoma eSports League (OeSL) – the first high school-sponsored league of its kind in Oklahoma – in partnership with nine other school districts across the state. This new league will allow students of member schools in grades 9-12 to compete in five popular video games, including Clash Royale, Madden 2019, OverWatch, Rocket League, and Super Smash Brothers.
The eSports team is a competitive event and is not an after-school club. At this time, there are five games, with varying numbers of players per game. Depending on the game, there are 1-5 team members and 1-2 alternates per game. Participation must be earned, which includes a commitment to practice and maintaining student grades.
The same academic requirements for eligibility faced by traditional athletes are also required of all eSports team members. Participating districts in the OeSL (as of this writing) are: Broken Arrow, Cleveland, Kingston, Lawton, Putnam City, Salina, Sapulpa, Sayer, Union Public Schools and Wilburton, with others in the process of forming teams.