Burleson ISD’s School of Game Design Launches Esports Program with K-12 Tournament

REALM hosts inaugural “BISD Esports Tournament” for BISD gamers to play for cash prizes

BURLESON, Texas (Feb. 1, 2019) —Burleson Independent School District’s (BISD) choice school of game design, REALM (Rigorous Educational Arcade Learning Model), is hosting its largest educational esports tournament in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. With authentic tournament setup provided by the Microsoft Store at Northpark Center, including live game feeds, play-by-play commentary by an esports caster, lights, hazers, geysers and a music deejay, the inaugural BISD Esports Tournament brings players in grades K-12 together for intense, live arena video game play for the chance to win cash prizes and bragging rights.

Gaming Experts from Microsoft Store at Northpark Center will be managing the gaming tournament and equipment. The Microsoft Store at Northpark Center offers ongoing opportunities for students to turn their passion into community action by hosting a variety of events, tournaments and informative workshops.

Conservatively slotted for 75-100 gamers, esport tournament numbers bolstered to over 400 gamers, many of whom attend REALM, BISD’s choice school of game design.

Tournament players will compete in the popular Rocket League and Fortnite games. Players aged 12 and under will choose their battle-cars and compete in teams of two in Rocket League, where soccer meets driving. Players age 13 and over may choose to match up to play Rocket League and/or solo in Fortnite, a game of strategy to be the last player standing.

Special guests, Team Obscuris, University of Texas at Arlington’s national champion esports team, will speak with students about using video gaming and design to earn college scholarships while enhancing programming and software design skills.

“BISD continues 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, as well as those they will help redefine in the future,” said Dr. Bret Jimerson, Burleson’s Superintendent.

“By using an innovative approach to education, BISD is preparing its students for the types of careers offered by Microsoft and other high tech companies in the DFW Metroplex and beyond,” said Dr. Leslie Bender Jutzi, Burleson’s Chief Academic Innovation Officer.

The tournament, hosted by Microsoft Store, is February 9 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the REALM Arena, located at 517 SW Johnson Ave. in Burleson. The event is open to the public with tickets available for purchase at bit.ly/bisdesports2019.

For more information on esports in BISD, visit https://sites.google.com/bisdmail.net/esports/home.

About esports

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.

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.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Mikala Hill or Katelyn Tyler, 817-245-1131
Burleson ISD Communications



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