Burleson ISD to Host Inaugural eSports Tournament

eSports Tournament, Game design, digital learning and more: Classrooms of the future continue to evolve in Burleson ISD


Burleson schools are boosting student engagement by bringing eSports Tournaments and game design into the district, partnering with game-changers like Microsoft and UTA

BURLESON, Texas (November 26, 2018) — In a major effort to introduce students to the way of the future, the Burleson Independent School District (BISD) is partnering with heavy hitters Microsoft and the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) eSports for its inaugural eSports Tournament.

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 and Texas Wesleyan.

In preparing students for the future, Superintendent Dr. Bret Jimerson is working with educators to revolutionize school as we know it.

“BISD will continue to shift its focus on the ever-changing options for students so they’re equipped to take advantage of complex challenges in careers that exist now and in those they will help redefine,” said Jimerson.

From a middle school for gamers where students learn video game design and computer science, BISD’s plans for innovation are designed to bolster student achievement by making school more relevant, more challenging, more compelling for students like never before possible.

Believed to be the first of its kind in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, the “Inaugural BISD eSports Tournament, hosted by Microsoft” takes place Feb. 9, 2019.

“This tournament enables BISD students to showcase their tech-savvy gaming skills and speak with UTA’s eSports team and “Heroes of the Dorm” 2017 National Champions,” said Dr. Leslie Bender Jutzi, chief academic innovation officer at BISD. “Students will hear from the very best about using video gaming and design to get college scholarships, and to enhance programming and software design skills.”

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.

About BISD’s gaming school – the REALM @ Kerr

To prepare BISD students for these opportunities, Burleson ISD has created “THE REALM,” a gaming school that employs a Rigorous Educational Arcade Learning Model. This school offers students a blended learning environment that applies game-based learning theory to its curriculum and instruction. Various elements of instruction are translated into gaming applications, or “gamified,” to peak student interest as they master a rigorous, individualized curriculum requiring critical thinking and problem-solving skills in order to advance or “level up.” Workshops, games, and quests are advanced and accelerated at student-pace to keep students engaged and motivated. All students in The REALM take coding classes and complete a capstone project that results in the design of their own game or APP.

For more information on the BISD Inaugural eSports Tournament hosted by Microsoft, visit https://sites.google.com/bisdmail.net/esports/home

To sign up for the eSports Tournament, visit https://goo.gl/forms/5RBlhoNKEJAm4NSn2.



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, 817-245-1131