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  • Writer's pictureNeal Doolin

HSEL Fall Begins!

The High School Esports League Fall Season has begun! Major and Training Grounds queues begin today. Please save this newsletter as it contains important information that will help you and your students throughout the course of the season.


Match-day Support?

Before your first match, we encourage you to view the following two videos with your students: Match Day Protocol and Understanding the Queue System. If you need help in real-time, the best place to start is the “Chat” bubble at the bottom right corner of every page.


Platform and Competition Updates

We have continued to make changes to our platform and league rules in pursuit of the best student experience possible. Here are some notable changes:

  • VALORANT: Game scores will automatically be imported to the match page 5-10 minutes after the conclusion of the match! If your match page does not display a score after 15 minutes, please contact support.

  • Minecraft Survival Games: We have released a number of updates- upgraded anti-cheat, improved moderation tools and player reporting (“/report”), and improved reconnecting.

  • Spectating: Many games have had their spectating rules updated. Please be sure to read the rules thoroughly before setting up a broadcast using a spectator.

  • Game connections: Increased leniency for students who change their in-game name but forget to update their competition Game Connection, especially in cases where the game account can be verified (e.g. Epic ID, Riot ID).

  • UPDATED – Counter-Strike 2: CS2 has been released! We are extending CS2’s preseason through this week. Regular season play will begin next Monday, meaning the regular season will be 5 weeks long (for CS2 only).

  • Mario Kart™ 8 Deluxe: In response to coach feedback, we have modified the rules to expand matches to be a best of 3 circuits and eliminate computer-controlled racers.


Match-day Support?

You asked, we’ve delivered. Make-up windows are changing! "Week 7" (11/13 - 11/17) will be "Make-up Week". Make-up days and queue times will be consistent with the regular season. You can find the Major playoff schedule on the Tournament Overview on our Help Site. Please note, the number of playoff qualifiers is subject to change based on participation within each game.


New Courses

Gaming Concepts is thrilled to unveil its two latest courses, Gaming Concepts: Streaming and Gaming Concepts: Shoutcasting. The Shoutcasting course offers students a chance to immerse themselves in the world of esports commentary, and Streaming equips students with public speaking skills while guiding them through the world of professional streaming. Click here to find out more!


Quests and Trophies

Completing quests now unlocks profile trophies! Students can select their favorite trophy to display on their profile and next to their name on match pages. Did your students make a deep run in the Spring playoffs? They may have a trophy on their profile ready to be shown off!


VALORANT Challenge

Any students participating in this Fall’s HSEL VALORANT challenge will receive a raffle entry towards the grand prize! After the conclusion of the fall season, one player’s school will be selected to win the grand prize, which includes choosing between one of the following:

  • A $1,000 Amazon Credit to stock their classroom or club with resources

  • An HSEL Unlimited Annual Pass for the following year


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