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 Overwatch and Rocket League competitions.
Check out abc27's first PIEA recap below:
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.
Robert Bee, abc27's vice president and general manager, said that science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics are all essential components for esports, and that abc27 is excited to support and celebrate the schools that are participating in the PIEA.
The PIEA’s mission is to build confidence in the integrity of Pennsylvania high school esports programs, promote curriculum that enhance STEM and other educational opportunities, and develop world-class content that will grow esports opportunities.
Showcasing PIEA competitions on abc27, and having access to multiple markets across the state through Nexstar Media Group’s affiliates, will help the PIEA highlight the statewide nature of its competitions, build rivalries among local and regional teams, and continue to grow esports as a viable and positive scholastic sport for Pennsylvania’s high school students.
Esports has been on the rise in both professional and academic settings in recent years. In addition to the academic and social-emotional benefits to creating esports programs at the high school level, esports is advancing at the collegiate level, offering scholarship and career opportunities for video gamers and students interested in STEM professions.
Exposure for PIEA student participants and continued support of esports at the state level and beyond is a crucial piece of PIEA’s mission, making partnerships like this with abc27 invaluable.