Central Valley school officials gauging students’ interest in esports program

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Posted: Friday, October 16, 2020 6:56 am | Updated: 7:38 am, Fri Oct 16, 2020.

Administrators in the Central Valley School District plan to gauge students’ interest in forming an esports club team this fall.

Hillsboro-Central Valley athletic director Dave Nelson told the Central Valley School Board on Wednesday that Hillsboro’s esports team, which made its debut last year, opens practices Monday.

In addition to gauging interest, Central Valley would need to hire an esports adviser and review whether the district has updated computers to compete in a league, Nelson said.

The Hillsboro School Board spent $15,000 on new computers and equipment a year ago prior to forming a team that plays in an online league through PlayVS, a California-based company that oversees esports competitions in 23 states.

Nelson said 12 to 15 students have signed up for Hillsboro’s team this fall.

With PlayVS adding “Fortnite” and “Overwatch” to last year’s lineup of “Rocket League,” “SMITE” and “League of Legends,” Hillsboro may not have enough students to fill teams for all five games.

Nelson said Central Valley art teacher Tait Simonson had signaled some level of interest in serving as an adviser for a team.

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