PRE SEASON begins on week of 1 March. Get registered today to be part of pre season before the competition kicks off at the end of March.
We are thrilled to be hosting the New Zealand High School Esports Championship for the second year, this time featuring Rocket League!
Calling all Rocket League experts! Do you have what it takes to compete against the very best High Schools around the country? With the chance of competing in a live esports final event at the University of Waikato?
Get your school team together and register now. Battle it out over the term with the goal of becoming champions in the New Zealand final hosted here in Hamilton.
What are you waiting for?
Online knockout stage:
Weekend of 11 September
New Zealand in person final
Saturday 25 October
Registrations also open throughout the league
Who is eligible to play in this tournament?
Available for all New Zealand High School students.
How can I sign my school team up?
Make sure you have a team of 3 eligible players from your school and a teacher who will support your team throughout the league. Both students and teachers need to register by clicking the ‘Register Now’ button.
What are the time requirements?
For your best chance of success, as a team you will have to invest a little time into practice and preparation. If you haven’t played together as a team before communication is most important. You will play one team per week in the league with a best of 3 series lasting approximately 15-20 minutes.
Does it cost to participate in the league?
No, Rocket League is free to play (download and play for no cost) and this league is also free and is designed to enhance your teamwork and esports potential.
What resources are available?
We are currently working on resources for teachers, parents and students and you can also click here (https://oce.learnwithleague.com/) for some very well crafted resources from Riot (although these are League of Legends focussed they have some good messages applicable to all gamers).
When is the league?
The league is split into two parts (league 1 and league 2) commencing the week of 29 March and runs through to the week of 6 September. This will be followed by the online knockout tournaments which begin the weekend of 11 September. Even if you miss the start of the league, the good news is you can sign your team up as the league is running!
When and where is the New Zealand final?
The New Zealand final will either be hosted at the University of Waikato Hamilton campus or Auckland Armageddon on Saturday 25 October
How many people are required in a team?
Three high school students and one teacher from your school to support your team.
What equipment does my team need?
Your team needs access to three gaming consoles or PCs that have high enough specifications to run Rocket League and access to a stable internet connection.
For detailed minimum PC specifications please follow the link here (https://support.rocketleague.com/hc/en-us/articles/360020051214-What-are-the-minimum-system-requirements-).
Rocket League is free to play on PC and most major gaming consoles. It is also completely cross compatible. This means that no matter what you are playing on, you can compete.
Can I stream the tournament?
One selected game per fortnight of the league will be cast and streamed on the University of Waikato Esports Twitch account which can be found here (https://www.twitch.tv/waikatoesports)
Teams can stream their own gameplay on whatever platform they wish as long as they adhere to the terms and conditions stated on that platform.
How are the leagues going to run?
The two online leagues are both run in the Swiss format. This is where teams with the same win:loss ratio play against each other each week. Not only is this a great way to figure out the best teams but it also means that each week you are getting closer to playing teams at your same level. It also allows us to add teams while the league is running.
The top 4 teams from each of the leagues (top 8 teams overall) make it through to the Championship knockout round with the final being played in person at either Auckland Armageddon or the University of Waikato campus in Hamilton. All other teams are invited to play in the Challenger knockout which will be completely online.
Resources for teachers, parents and students coming soon!
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