The Ducks and North America Scholastic Esports Federation (NASEF) will host a four-week NHL 19 Esports tournament that will run through March 30. The tournament will feature 1v1 online play with a weekly best-of-three series and will conclude with a single-day, in-person final on March 30 at the Esports Arena in Santa Ana, CA. The tournament features an 18 and up Open Division as well as a Scholastic Division that consists of High School Esports clubs. The tournament pulls from the best talent in Southern California* and will award nearly $25,000 in scholarships and school grants plus prizes from the Ducks. Over 200 participants are expected to play in this inaugural tournament.
The Scholastic Division of the tournament uses EA Sports NHL 19 as a platform to educate high school students and help promote critical communication, collaboration and problem-solving skills needed to thrive in work and life. High schoolers can participate through their school or community organization's NASEF club. Students can win scholarships ranging from $1,000 - $5,000 for their own college education, plus grants up to $2,500 for their high schools. Additional scholarships will be given to students who win creative "Beyond the Game" competitions with a hockey theme. Participants may also qualify for gear and gifts from the Ducks.
After four weeks of qualifying play, the top four participants from both the Scholastic and Open Divisions will play in the tournament finals on Saturday, March 30 at the Esports Arena in Santa Ana. Correlating with the tournament finals will be a watch party for the Anaheim Ducks at Edmonton Oilers game at 7 p.m. that evening. The winner from the Open Tournament will receive a custom Anaheim Ducks jersey with his/her gamer tag, an Anaheim Ducks Team Store Gift Card, four tickets to the Anaheim Ducks Fan Appreciation Night on April 3 when the team hosts the Calgary Flames and a meet and greet with an Anaheim Ducks player.
Fans, students, teachers or faculty interested in learning more about the tournament can visit AnaheimDucks.com/esports or esportsfed.org/NHL19.
*Participation in the tournament is limited to NASEF clubs within Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties.
About the North America Scholastic Esports Federation
The North America Scholastic Esports Federation is working to ensure that ALL students possess the knowledge and skills needed to be society's game changers: educated, productive, and empathetic individuals. NASEF is on a mission to provide opportunities for ALL students to use esports as a platform to acquire critical communication, collaboration, and problem-solving skills needed to thrive in work and in life. The Federation's core values are intertwined through all aspects of education and play: learning, opportunity, community, diversity, and respect.
Under the Samueli Foundation's leadership, the Federation is led by partners from the Orange County Department of Education, OC STEM Initiative, Connected Camps, Connected Learning Lab, UCI Esports, UCI Henry Samueli School of Engineering, and the UCI Bren School of Information & Computer Science.
Learn more at www.esportsfed.org. Join online conversations on Twitter @NASEFedu, on Facebook and Instagram, and see matches streamed live on our Twitch channel.