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Burleson ISD announces Inaugural BISD Esports Fall Invitational, Hosted by Microsoft Stores

Esports tournament brings K-12 gamers across DFW to play for prizes

Aug. 8, 2019 — Burleson Independent School District (BISD) announces the BISD Esports Fall Invitational, hosted by Microsoft Stores. With authentic tournament setup provided by the Microsoft Store at Northpark Center, including live game feeds, play-by-play commentary by an esports casters, lights, hazers, geysers, pyrotechnics, and a music deejay, the BISD Esports Fall Invitational brings players in grades K-12 together for intense, live arena video game play. Gamers from school districts across the DFW Metroplex will compete for the chance to win prizes and the opportunity to play a featured match against a collegiate team at the In-Game Leaders Winter Summit, January 2-3, 2020.

The BISD Esports Fall Invitational, hosted by Microsoft Store, is September 7 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Esports Stadium Arlington, located at 1200 Ballpark Way in Arlington.

Participants must complete the player interest survey to affirm their participation in the following game(s):
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: 5v5 players, grade level 4+
Rocket League: 2v2, players of all ages
Fortnite Battle Royale: Solo players ages 13+
Minecraft Build Competition: Solo players of all ages

Gaming Experts from Microsoft Store at Northpark Center will manage the invitational and the gaming equipment. During the tournament break, students have the opportunity to meet professional and collegiate sports teams and industry executives to learn about scholarships, programs, and more.

“Burleson ISD’s visionary Board of Trustees focuses on offering relevant programs that prepare students for careers of the future now,” said Dr. Bret Jimerson, BISD Superintendent. “Relevance breeds rigor, and if we can interest our students in subjects like esports, we can help them develop their skills so that they can successfully pursue careers in the esports industry, and other industries with the need for similar skill sets.”

Professional teams and collegiate participants from SMU Guildhall and SMU esports club, and representatives from the University of North Texas, University of Texas Arlington, and Dallas Fuel, will also attend.

“Students will have an opportunity to meet their favorite collegiate and professional players, and to participate in job shadowing to learn more about careers in the esports industry,” said Dr. Leslie Bender Jutzi, BISD chief academic innovation officer. “We are fortunate to be in the DFW Metroplex so that our students have an opportunity to meet and learn from these individuals.”

The Fall Invitational is open to the public. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the BISD esports website.

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 several industry representatives as growth is expected to reach $2.96 billion by 2022. More than 900 universities and colleges offer eSports programs, including the University of North Texas, Texas Wesleyan and Texas A&M, and UT Austin.

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
Burleson ISD Communication
817-245-1131