Over 20 school districts across Oklahoma are preparing to give its students a brand new competitive league and opportunity to jump into a growing industry, partly thanks to the efforts of Oklahoma University Esports Club. The Oklahoma Esports League, or OESL , is a league comprised of 28 teams from Oklahoma school districts that compete in several video game titles, including Super Smash Bros., Madden, Rocket League, League of Legends, Overwatch and Clash Royale.
OESL’s inaugural season will start the first week of November, according to the league’s website. Mike Aguilar, the adviser of the Oklahoma University Esports Club and a member of the OESL advisory board, said the club will provide extensive coverage of the league — including live streaming of certain matches, gameplay commentary, lighting and sound engineering at the events — to help the club’s students improve their skill sets in these areas while also growing the profile of primary and secondary education esports competition in Oklahoma. “Being the University of Oklahoma, we understand that the brand is impactful and powerful in the state,” Aguilar said. “We want to use that for the betterment of K-12.
With esports, you need broadcast journalists just like you have at the Super Bowl and the NBA Finals. We’ve provided that service to OESL 100 percent for free.” Aguilar said he hopes that students wanting to be involved with OESL will encourage schools to expand broadcast journalism and other media extracurriculars that some high schools in the state offer. OESL originally reached out to Oklahoma University Esports Club and asked them to provide coverage of an event in May, said David Kaucic, shoutcasting director for OU Esports Club and chemical engineering senior. League directors were so […]
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