New partnership forges college esports path for high schoolers

3/1/2018 1:22:45 AM EST

The National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE) has partnered with High School Esports League (HSEL) to "create a stronger path for high school esports athletes to move into the collegiate ranks as scholarship athletes."

The joint partnership, announced Tuesday, is the latest step forward in the expanding collegiate esports scene. NACE, whose mission is to "advance collegiate esports in the varsity space," currently has 67 varsity esports programs established across North America.

The HSEL offers 13 gaming titles and has 475 partner clubs across the country.

"Our partnership is an important step in laying down the foundation of streamlined recruitment from the high school space to the collegiate," said NACE executive director Michael Brooks in a statement. "By working with HSEL, and organizations like it, we will be able to educate directly to students."

"We see this partnership as a major benefit to our students," HSEL CEO Mason Mullenioux stated. "With NACE creating a more stable and legitimate environment in collegiate esports, it opens up so many more opportunities to our partner clubs.

"Along with our GPA requirement we can educate our students on preparations for college admissions, and in turn provide these universities with college ready esports athletes."

Late last year, the NCAA partnered with consulting firm Intersport to research how it could get involved in college esports. A final report with the firm's findings is expected to be delivered to the NCAA by the end of April 2018.

--Field Level Media