Burleson ISD Partners with Esports Stadium Arlington to Launch DreamHack Super Smash Bros. Regional Qualifier
Esports Stadium Arlington hosts inaugural “DreamHack Regional Qualifier” exclusively for Burleson ISD Super Smash Bros. players
BURLESON, Texas (May 24, 2019) —The Burleson Independent School District (BISD) is partnering with the Esports Stadium in Arlington, Texas, to host the DreamHack Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Regional Qualifier, the first of its kind in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Hundreds of K-12 BISD students have the opportunity to win cash prizes and bragging rights, and high school students have a chance to join the 5-person crew to battle other DFW-Metroplex school districts in the DreamHack High School Finals.
The DreamHack Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Regional Qualifier hosted by Esports Stadium Arlington is May 27 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the Esports Stadium Arlington, located at 1200 Ballpark Way, in Arlington, Texas, 76011.
Players will compete as either solo players or on teams. The top player will win the prize pool, and the top 5 high school players will advance to the Finals at DreamHack Dallas, held May 31 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center.
“When Burleson ISD approached us to help facilitate this inaugural tournament we knew we had to be involved,” said Esports Stadium Arlington Marketing and Partnerships Manager Johnathon Angers. “As a leader in the space, giving the local community an opportunity to compete in a world class facility is something we are very proud of. We look forward to doing even more with Burleson and the surrounding ISDs to provide stable infrastructure to help build their respective esports programs upon.”
The Esports Stadium Arlington is the largest esports stadium in North America. According to ESPN, Dallas is the birthplace of esports and is now second only to Los Angeles as the country’s capital of esports. In February, BISD partnered with Microsoft stores to host DFW’s Largest Educational Esports Tournament, bringing 400 students in grades K-12 together in live competition. The school district has been focused on esports for several years and worked hard to develop meaningful programs and partnerships. It has the only esports program for middle school students in the State of Texas, and the largest gaming program in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. The esports program is part of BISD’s gaming school, the REALM, which is now expanding to include grade levels 9-12.
The University of Texas at Arlington esports team and representatives from Texas Wesleyan University’s esports program will attend the regional qualifier to speak with students about using gaming to earn college scholarships and about the business of gaming.
“Gaming is now a billion dollar industry, and it generates more revenue than music and movies combined,” said BISD Chief Academic Innovation Officer Dr. Leslie Bender Jutzi. “Our students are interested in learning about the science and technology behind the games, as well as careers in the business of Esports.”
According to BISD Superintendent Dr. Bret Jimerson, BISD continues to provide ever-changing options for students so they’re equipped to take advantage of complex challenges in careers that exist now, as well as those they will help redefine in the future.
“By using an innovative approach to education, and giving students voice and choice, BISD is providing its students relevant educational opportunities that will prepare them for the types of careers offered by high tech companies in the DFW Metroplex and beyond,” said Jimerson.
The Smash Bros. Regional Qualifier, hosted by Esports Stadium Arlington, is May 27 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the Esports Stadium Arlington, located at 1200 Ballpark Way, in Arlington, Texas 76011.
The Dreamhack Dallas Finals will be held May 31 from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, located at 650 S. Griffin St., in Dallas, Texas 75202.
For more information on esports in BISD, visit https://sites.google.com/bisdmail.net/esports/home.
Electronic sports, most commonly referred to as “esports,” are organized, multiplayer video game competitions that involve the use of virtual reality, some Artificial Intelligence (depending upon the game), and technology. As an industry, esports is gaining attention from ESPN and Disney XD with growth expected to reach $1.5 billion by 2020. More than 200 universities offer esports as a sport at their university, including the University of North Texas, Texas Wesleyan and Texas A&M.
Esports, as a group, have quickly developed into one of the most advanced technological industries, and there are several opportunities in the public, private, and military sectors for graduates with the technological skills developed by playing esports. As a result, there are a multitude of varsity esports teams competing nationally at the college level, including in the DFW Metroplex. All of these teams offer scholarships to high school students who seek to pursue degrees in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (“STEM”) subjects that may be applied to the public, private and military sectors.
DreamHack is the world’s largest digital festival, with 11 events occurring in 6 countries across the globe in 2018. Our events represent a convergence of all aspects of the diverse culture of gaming. Our festival events are a platform for esports tournaments, bring your own computer LAN parties, cosplay competitions, music acts, technology exhibitions and panel discussions. In addition to our events, DreamHack is a production company with a focus on gaming, esports, and arena productions for both traditional TV and the Internet.
About Esports Stadium Arlington
At 100,000 sqft., Esports Stadium Arlington is the largest dedicated esports facility in North America. The facility will serve as a turnkey solution for esports events and productions, built to serve the unique needs and demands of the esports community.
About Burleson ISD
Burleson Independent School District serves more than 12,400 students across 17 schools and is recognized as a premier school district in the Dallas/Fort Worth-area. The mission of Burleson Independent School District is to engage and support every learner with a rigorous curriculum so that they graduate college and career ready.
Mikala Hill or Katelyn Tyler
Burleson ISD Communications