PIEA Announces abc27 as Official Media Partner for State Championships


April 16, 2021

The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Esports Association (PIEA) announced today that Harrisburg’s WHTM-TV (abc27) will serve as the official media partner of the PIEA High School Esports State Championships. Every Monday, abc27 will be providing viewers with updated standings, scores and schedules, as well as links to weekly highlights and clips of PIEA action in both the Overwatch and Rocket League competitions.

The PIEA, one of the country’s first interscholastic organizations dedicated exclusively to esports, currently has more than 40 member schools, with more lined up to join in the fall. Since abc27 is part of the Nexstar Media Group, highlights from these participating schools could air on a total of of six stations across the state, including WTAJ-TV, WBRE-TV, WETM-TV, WJET-TV and WPHL-TV.

“The PIEA is thrilled to partner with abc27 to showcase the hard work, dedication and skill of the incredible student-athletes competing in the PIEA State Championships,” said Bill Thomas, member of the PIEA Board of Directors. “Having access to multiple markets across the state through Nexstar Media Group’s affiliates will allow us to highlight the statewide ...

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Popularity of esports growing in Pa. high schools

Observer-Reporter - by Karen Mansfield

March 5, 2021

One of the fastest-growing high school sports in Pennsylvania is one that you probably wouldn’t guess: electronic sports, also known as esports.

With the rise in popularity, school districts throughout the commonwealth have added esports to their list of school-sponsored sports and clubs.

And last month, the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Esports Association (PIEA) opened registration for its 2021 season, which will offer high school esports teams the opportunity to compete for Pennsylvania’s first high school esports championship.

The PIEA, established in 2019, is the only statewide interscholastic esports league. The nonprofit is working to position esports as a viable and credible high school activity, while educating school administrators and parents about the benefits of esports.

Rep. Mike Puskaric, R-Allegheny and Washington County, who was recently named to the PIEA Board of Directors, said esports provides an opportunity for school districts to ...

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PIEA Announces Inaugural Board Members, Includes

Members of the Pa. General Assembly


Feb. 25, 2021

The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Esports Association (PIEA) announced today the addition of members of Pennsylvania’s General Assembly to the organization’s Board of Directors. Reps. Donna Bullock of Philadelphia and Mike Puskaric of Allegheny and Washington counties will join Senator Scott Martin of Lancaster County and Senator Lisa Boscola from the Lehigh Valley on the PIEA Board.


The PIEA was established in 2019 as one of the first governing bodies focused solely on esports in the country, and recently opened registration for their 2021 competitive season. Pennsylvania high school Rocket League and Overwatch esport teams will now have a chance to experience quality competition with neighboring teams and play for state championships.


“So many high schools in my district are playing competitive esports and expanding opportunities for students to be engaged in the school community,” said Senator Martin. “So esports has been and will continue to be an important part of our area’s academic programming, which is key not only as an elected official but also as the chairman of the Senate Education Committee. I believe an organization like PIEA is crucial when it comes to further advancing the presence of esports in our schools across the state and harnessing the positive impact it has on our students.”


The legislators will join educational and community leaders on the Board with the goal of providing regulatory oversight and competition guidelines for interscholastic esports ...

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Pennsylvania Interscholastic Esports Association opens registration for 2021 season

Trib LIVE -- by Julia Felton

Feb. 16, 2021

The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Esports Association (PIEA) announced registration is open for its 2021 season, which will offer high school esports teams the opportunity to compete for Pennsylvania’s first high school esports championship.

The PIEA was established in 2019 as the only statewide interscholastic esports league.

“The PIEA is the first organizational governing body that focuses solely on esports competitions in high schools in Pennsylvania,” said Bill Thomas, a member of PIEA’s board of directors. Thomas said it offers regulatory structure for high school esports competitions and serves as the only entity with a path to a state championship.

The league began a competition last spring, which was derailed due to the covid-19 pandemic, Thomas said.

This spring, the PIEA plans to have a complete championship season in which teams can compete for two game titles; one in Overwatch and another in Rocket League.

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High school esports is growing, but competition isn't local — one group hopes to change that

York Daily Record -- by Neil Strebig

Feb. 5, 2021

Rivalries are a part of high school sports.

Dallastown vs. Red Lion is must-watch Friday night football. Spring Grove and South Western wrestling is Tuesday night tension under a flood light. Yet, high school esports teams rarely compete against their school's most hated nemesis. 

The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Esports Association (PIEA) is hoping to change that. 

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PIEA Opens Registration for 2021 High School Esports Season


2021 Championship season to feature Rocket League and Overwatch competitions

HARRISBURG, PA -- January 14, 2021 - The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Esports Association (PIEA) announced today that registration is officially open for its 2021 season, offering Pennsylvania high school Rocket League and Overwatch esport teams a chance to compete. The 2021 regular season schedule is expected to begin virtually in March, with the PIEA State Esports Championship held in May. 


Schools interested in participating in the 2021 season must first visit and register as a member of the PIEA. The PIEA will be in touch directly once the form has been received to complete the registration process.


“We’ve seen firsthand the positive impact that esports can have on students and schools as a whole, which is why we are committed to providing equitable and regulated competition to Pennsylvania’s high school esports programs,” said Langdon Ramsburg, a member of PIEA’s Board of Directors. “There is such a demand for schools to compete against their long-standing rivals in a structured environment similar to traditional high school sports. The PIEA exists to do just that, while at the same time empowering the next generation of esports and gaming talent to pursue their passion and advance their education in STEM.”


The 2020 PIEA Championship season was cancelled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Prior to the season’s cancellation, the league had more than 35 teams registered to compete. With the popularity of esports on the rise, the PIEA anticipates an even higher number . . .


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UPDATED PIEA Championship Statement on C

UPDATED: PIEA Statement on 2020 State Esports Championships Amid Coronavirus Outbreak


On March 13, 2020, the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Esports Association (PIEA) announced it was postponing the remainder of the 2020 PIEA State Esports Championships due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The hope was to resume the tournament once Gov. Tom Wolf and the Pennsylvania Department of Education gave the green light for schools to resume their in-person and on-campus activities.


Unfortunately, in the weeks following our initial postponement, the situation around the novel coronavirus has become more complicated, and social distancing and other mitigation efforts have expanded here in Pennsylvania. This includes the indefinite closure of all K-12 schools across the Commonwealth. There is no set date for students to return to school, or for school buildings and facilities to reopen.


These unprecedented times have forced the PIEA to make the difficult decision to cancel the remainder of the 2020 PIEA State Esports Championships ...

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First-Ever Pennsylvania Statewide High School Esports
Championship Announced for March 2020


Pennsylvania Interscholastic Esports Association Unites Schools from Across the Commonwealth for a Chance to Take Home the State Championship Title

HARRISBURG, PA -- February 27, 2020 - The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Esports  Association (PIEA), one of the nation's first high school governing bodies exclusively focused on esports, has announced it will host the state's inaugural high school esports competition...    


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First ever Pennsylvania high school esports championships to be held in Harrisburg

The Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts will host the first ever Pennsylvania Interscholastic Esports Championships in Overwatch and League of Legends on March 28...   


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Pennsylvania Interscholastic Esports Association Launches, Announces High School State Championship Tournament

InvenGlobal --- by Tom Matthiesen

The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Esports Association (PIEA) announced its official launch today, becoming one of the first high school governing bodies focused solely on esports in the country.


The PIEA is a venture started by several stakeholders, including the Hollinger Family and McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC. The PIEA will provide the oversight and regulatory structure necessary to bring credibility and confidence to the esports industry as a viable high school program. All while ensuring student safety, security is the top priority...    


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