PIEA Opens Registration for 2021 High School Esports Season
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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 interscholasticesports.org 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 . . .
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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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...