PlayVS and Nintendo partnership: E-sports in high school

People, routes leading to a professional career in e-sports is growing exponentially. From scholarships in colleges to high school teams competing in championships, the future of gaming continues to get more interesting.

What is PlayVS?

PlayVS is a gaming company founded by CEO Delane Parnell in 2017 and acts as an online platform and regulator to create e-sports leagues in high schools. Through PlayVS, teens compete with players from other schools for titles at state championships. Since 2017, they’ve grown to include over 20K high schools in 23 states. Now the operate the only varsity high school e-sports league in the country. Just as in other sport in high school, teams will have coaches, jerseys, cuts to make and regional and state championships.

So what does Nintendo have to do with this?

Earlier this month, the amateur e-sports platform PlayVS officially announced its partnership with Nintendo! PlayVS already brings quite a few popular e-sports games to the high school roster: League of Legends, Fortnite, OverWatch, Rocket League, to name a few. Through this partnership with Nintendo, Splatoon 2 and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate have been added to the list. Furthermore, in early 2022, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe will be joining them! PlayVS are already partnered with Riot Games for high school League of Legends tournaments! Late last year they partnered with Nerd Street Gamers, a national network of e-sports facilities and events guiding e-sports events across the country.

Are colleges doing the same?

Short answer, yes! E-sports scholarships are slowly, but surely, being picked up by colleges around the country. Over thirty U.S. colleges and universities offer scholarships for gamers. Of course as of right now, you can be scouted by professional teams without school being involved. You can create teams and compete online and in regional championships to get noticed or picked up. Of course, this begs the question…how will this change in the future? My guess is as these routes into professional e-sports continue to grow, gamers may no longer be able to get on teams without going down these routes first.

Ultimately, it’s an amazing time in the gaming world. As the fastest growing sport in the world, E-sports is looking to have a very promising future! To hear more on e-sports scholarships, check out our latest podcast over the subject!


Registered Nurse, avid PC gamer, streamer and co-host of the GZ ChopShop podcast. Let’s just say I’m passionate about gaming and everything nerdy.

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