BC School Sports (BCSS), the governing body for school sport in Vancouver, British Columbia, has announced a partnership with GameSeta Esports Inc to bolster Canadian esports in schools.
GameSeta is an online gaming provider which facilitates competition, player development and talent discovery for young Canadians. The company will work directly with BCSS to establish greater esports infrastructure in Canadian high schools, beginning this autumn. This will initially be introduced across BCSS member schools.
An initial trial competition between schools will take place on the GameSeta online platform, with games being streamed live on Twitch.
On the partnership, Tawanda Masawi, CEO and Co-Founder of GameSeta, said: “Amid the COVID-19 pandemic schools are looking to provide participation opportunities for high-school students, and esports is a great option. Our value proposition continues to strengthen during [the COVID-19 pandemic], which explains our oversubscribed waitlist from schools across provinces in Canada.”
Jordan Abney, BCSS Executive Director, noted: “We are thrilled to partner with a BC-based company in GameSeta. Esports is a new frontier for BCSS but credit to our Board of Directors who felt it was important to explore every option on how to engage students with their school. There is a mountain of evidence to suggest good things happen to youth when there is a sense of belonging, responsibility and community in their school. If we can bring that to students who wouldn’t normally participate in school sport, then that is a great thing for our member schools.”