It’s time to expand the definition of athlete.

Every student has their own unique talents and school curriculums have adapted to reflect that. It’s time for sports to become just as inclusive. Become a coach and lead your school to a state title in PlayVS, the official high school esports league.


What is esports?

Esports officially stands for electronic sports, not to be confused with video games, because it’s much more than that. What sets it apart is the level of organized competitive gameplay between teams and its own strict set of rules and guidelines. Esports is about teamwork, communication, strategic thinking and leadership — in all the same ways that traditional sports are and then some.

Today, esports is growing exponentially with 400 million fans worldwide who repeatedly pack out arenas. A recent survey shows that 72% of American teens play video games regularly. Currently, there are 200 colleges and universities offering almost 10 million dollars in scholarships. Establishing esports in high school enables students to do what they love and provides them with additional opportunities to earn scholastic recognition.

Same benefits as other sports

Strategic thinking

Students will compete in intense and fast-paced real time strategy games where they must quickly problem solve and adapt to win.

Character development

Students build character and develop discipline, self-esteem, and sportsmanship through practice and gameplay.

Community building

Students will develop a sense of belonging, meet new friends and have school pride by playing on a team with classmates.

Teamwork and Leadership

Students will learn how to communicate better and become leaders as they compete and play together as team.


Sanctioned by the NFHS

PlayVS is the exclusive partner of the National Federation of State High School Associations, the governing body that writes the rules and regulations used by each state. The NFHS has partnered with PlayVS to operate high school esports leagues for over 19,500 high schools nationwide turnkey.

Start a program at your school



Sign up to become a coach and create a profile for your school. Loop in IT to make sure your tech is ready to go.



Invite students to join teams of five. You can build multiple teams; they’ll all represent the same school.



Each team will login to compete with other schools via on campus. No travel required.



Go all out and play to bring home the state title at the end of season championship. All the glory, no (literal) guts.

What people are saying

Esports allows schools to redefine their culture, diversify opportunities for student participation and increase collegiate scholarship pathways.”

James Erickson

We picked up esports as an extracurricular activity and kids who are not into sports found this as another outlet to express themselves.”

Leslie Pham
Athletic Director

Esports is another way to connect with people. Maybe you don’t have the skills to play soccer or basketball, but this also requires teamwork and communication”

Anna Williams

Seeing an esports program grow and develop in school, and to see students develop skills as team players, has been an amazing experience.”

David Richards