The Australian Esports League (AEL) is thrilled to announce its comprehensive School esports programs for 2024, designed for both High School and Primary School students across Australia. This year’s lineup promises to be more engaging than ever, with a variety of gaming events and the support of our esteemed partners.
Innovative Gaming Experiences for Students
Our 2024 programs include:
- Minecraft Build Challenges: Set to inspire creativity and collaboration, the Minecraft Build Challenges will be held twice this year.
These challenges, catering to Years 5-6, Years 7-9, and Years 10-12, will have their specific details announced in mid-February.
The first series runs from 11th March to 3rd June, with the second series from 19th August to 4th November.
Details for registration will be updated at www.ael.org.au/minecraft with a general notice being shared once live.
- High School Esports Program: A dynamic and inclusive initiative designed to bring competitive gaming to high school students across Australia. This program offers a diverse range of popular games each term, providing students with an opportunity to develop teamwork, strategic thinking, and digital skills in a fun and engaging environment
Starting with Trackmania, Overwatch 2, and Rocket League for Term 1. The addition of Minecraft Capture the Flag and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will come into play from Term 2.
Term 1 will run from 24th February – 23rd March
Term 2 will run from 4th May – 8th June
Term 3 will run from 10th August – 14th September
Term 4 will run from 2nd November – 23rd November
*note: these dates are subject to change
- High School Nationals at PAX Australia: The pinnacle of the High School esports program, the nationals, will be held from 11th to 13th October 2024 at PAX Australia.
Further details on qualification and attendance will be announced shortly. We are excited to share all the details with everyone soon!
- Inclusivity for Home School Students: Home school students are invited to join in the excitement with Trackmania available from Term 1 and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate from Term 2. Home School students will also be included in the Minecraft build challenges, we’re excited to welcome everyone into the competition this year!
Why Esports Matters: Benefits for Students
Participating in esports offers numerous benefits for students. It fosters critical thinking, teamwork, strategic planning, and improves hand-eye coordination. Esports also offers a platform for students to explore STEAM fields and develop IT skills in a competitive yet supportive environment. Engaging in esports can enhance students’ school experience, build community, and nurture a sense of belonging.
Parents, Get Excited!
For parents, esports represents a unique opportunity for your children to engage in a safe, moderated, and educational platform that promotes healthy competition. It’s an avenue for students to develop social skills, build friendships, and gain valuable life experiences, all while having fun in the process.
Calling All Teachers: Get Your School Involved
We invite teachers to become part of this exciting journey. If you’re interested in introducing esports at your school, the AEL is here to assist. Our programs are designed to be easily integrated into school curriculums, offering a unique blend of education and entertainment.
Acknowledging Our Partners
We are grateful for the support of our partners, which is vital in bringing these programs to life. Special thanks to AGON by AOC, our gaming monitor partner, and Indomie Australia, our noodle partner. Their continued support enhances the esports experience for all participants.
We also extend our gratitude to Microsoft Australia and the Microsoft Education team for their backing of the Minecraft Education program. Their involvement underscores the educational value of esports in learning environments.
Stay Tuned for Primary School Program Details
Details on the Primary School games and dates will be announced shortly. We are committed to providing younger students with exciting and educational esports experiences. Keep an eye out for www.ael.org.au/primary when it goes live later this month!
About Australian Esports League
The Australian Esports League is dedicated to developing esports in Australia. We are focused on community and player. By providing platforms for gamers to compete, we aim to foster talent and create pathways for students to excel in the fast-growing world of esports.
Email our friendly team at [email protected] with any queries and we’ll be happy to help!