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BritishEsports: Deputy Headteacher explains how Esports has transformed her Alternative Provision school Deputy Headteacher explains how Esports has transformed her Alternative Provision school: ‘Students are showing commitment we’ve rarely seen in them before’

Mrs Lou West, Deputy Head and Team Leader at Millside School (part of Haybrook College), talks about how taking part in the British Esports Championships has brought about a positive change in students.

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Chronicle Illinois: Coach says students gain life skills through video game competitions Taft High School in Chicago expects to more than double the number of gamers in its eSports program next fall

Taft High School in Chicago expects to more than double the number of gamers in its eSports program next fall. One of the first schools in the Chicago area to have an eSports program, Taft expects to go from 40 video game players to more than 100 next fall as coach Todd McFarlin gets some additional help in overseeing activities.

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The Kansas City Star: For teen, playing video games a lot paid off — to the tune of $60,000 toward college Overland Park high school grad gets $60,000 eSport athletic scholarship at Missouri Valley College

Like a lot of teens her age, Camila Coyle can't remember a time when she didn't spend hours playing video games. The recent high school graduate recalls sitting on her parent's lap learning to work a game controller long before her legs were long enough for her feet to touch the floor when she sat in a chair.

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Travis Isbell selected as Kansas Wesleyan Esports coach Kansas Wesleyan University has named Travis Isbell as its new Esports coach as announced by Vice President and Director of Athletics Mike Hermann

Kansas Wesleyan University has named Travis Isbell as its new Esports coach as announced by Vice President and Director of Athletics Mike Hermann. "In Travis, we were fortunate to find an Esports coach that has experience building a successful program from his time working with St. Thomas University," Hermann said.

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EsportsObserver: NBA 2K League Increases Season Two Prize Pool to $1.2M The NBA 2K League will provide a $1.2M prize pool for its 2019 season, up from last year’s inaugural prize pool of $1M

The NBA 2K League will provide a $1.2M prize pool for its 2019 season, up from last year’s inaugural prize pool of $1M. The money will be distributed through the same system of tournaments as last year. The season-opening tournament will award $120K, two in-season tournaments will each provide $180K, and the remaining $720K will be distributed through the league’s playoffs.

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Newzoo: Global Esports economy will top $1 billion for the first Time in 2019 The report provides an in-depth look at the esports economy—globally and per region—as well as a realistic estimate of its future potential in terms of trends, viewers, franchises, and revenue streams.

We are proud to announce that today marks the release of our 2019 Global Esports Market Report, the fifth edition of the landmark report. It provides an in-depth look at the esports economy—globally and per region—as well as a realistic estimate of its future potential in terms of trends, viewers, franchises, and revenue streams. Based on our continuous and extensive analysis of the market, it is the only report you need to explore your esports opportunity and create the right strategy for your brand.

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The 2019 NACE CS:GO collegiate championship expands registration The tournament is an entirely online tournament beginning on March 26, 2019 and running until April 27, 2019.

The National Association of Collegiate Esports has updated their collegiate Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament for the Spring 2019 semester, which is being operated in partnership with Skillshot. The tournament is an entirely online tournament beginning on March 26, 2019 and running until April 27, 2019.

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EsportsObserver: Activision Blizzard signs Coca-Cola as official non-alcoholic beverage for Overwatch Coca-Cola has signed an expansive deal with Activision Blizzard Esports Leagues to become the official non-alcoholic beverage of Overwatch League (OWL) and all other Overwatch properties

Coca-Cola has signed an expansive deal with Activision Blizzard Esports Leagues to become the official non-alcoholic beverage of Overwatch League (OWL) and all other Overwatch properties. It is the first OWL sponsorship deal that takes full advantage of the game developer’s total control over the game’s intellectual property.

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Elearning: These 8 colleges will debut Esports teams and scholarships in 2019 Throughout 2018, varsity level eSports — and accompanying scholarships — have gone from novelty to old news

Throughout 2018, varsity level Esports—and accompanying scholarships—have gone from novelty to old news. As of November 2018, the National Association of College Esports (NACE), the sports’ collegiate governing body, counted 109 members. 2018 has seen a surge of adoption and shows no sign of slowing down. Below, you can find eight schools that will launch their Esports teams on the varsity level in 2019.