United States Academic Esports League & Business Professionals of America

Official Sponsors of the BPA 2023-24 Academic Esports Competition

The Nation’s First Academic Esports Competition

Harness students' passion for video games to turn gamers into makers with a platform that educates and excites in a nationally recognized academic competition.

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Competition Overview

The BPA Esports Competition will test a team’s ability to research and create strategies to effectively compete in a virtual esports competition. Teams will submit a research paper on the provided esports topic, compete in an esports tournament, and create a presentation highlighting strategies used and lessons learned.

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Round 1

Teams create an esports-focused research paper exploring various topics

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Round 2

Rocket League bracket-style competition between BPA participating schools

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Round 3

Collaborative presentation focused on team growth and developed skills

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Awards Ceremony

Invitation to the National Conference and awards for the top ten teams

"We believe this initiative will further strengthen our commitment to preparing our students for success in the modern workforce, and we cannot wait to see the incredible talent that emerges from this endeavor."

Steven J. Mitchell,
CEO of Business Professionals of America

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Learn more on the Business Professionals of America (BPA) website.

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Selected Competition Title

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Compete in Teams of 3

Level up your team's success with the CTSO Academic Bundle

Elevate your team's path to triumph with the CTSO Academic Bundle, where we firmly believe that gaming should be a catalyst for your students' growth in the realms of Career and Technical Education (CTE) and STEM. Our bundle is meticulously tailored to give your team a competitive edge, propelling them ahead of the competition. It includes:

Round 1

Tailored content that unveils the advantages and step-by-step guidance for initiating an esports team. Provides insights into the technology, roles, and essential skills required, while learning how to steer clear of potential pitfalls.

Round 2

Elevated gameplay with additional weekly matches in Rocket League, designed to sharpen skills to perfection. Access to extra content focusing on advanced gaming strategies to outmaneuver opponents.

Round 3

Access to stylized templates and engaging prompts to craft and deliver a dynamic presentation that revolves around the formation, practice, and performance of your esports team.

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Take your students beyond the CTSO Competition with 120+ hours of Curriculum

Our award-winning, standards-based curriculum is designed to turn your gamers into makers!

(45+ hours)

Comprehensive Esports Toolkit

Start and manage an esports team at your school

  • Starting an Esports Team
  • Regular Practice
  • Competitive Gaming
  • Social-Emotional Learning

(45+ hours)

Career Exploration in Esports

Prepare your students with CTE Aligned career pathways

  • Careers in Esports
  • Education Requirements
  • How to Apply for Internships
  • Skills for Success

(30 hours)

Intro to Game Development

Use gaming as a gateway to coding with no prior experience

  • Leverages the excitement of creating games
  • Embedded STEM Connections
  • HTML, CSS, and JavaScript
  • Students design visually impressive web applications

Contact us to see how your team would benefit from the CTSO Academic Bundle

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Career Exploration

Expose your students to a variety of careers in Esports, from management and media to hardware and IT

Exclusive Live Webinars and Q&A with Industry Experts

Every month, we host live webinars with esports industry experts to give our students the insider info on how to turn their passion for gaming into high-paying careers. USAEL students get exclusive access to live Q&As with our experts. Here are just a few of the experts and companies we are going to host:

USAEL Careers in Esports webinar series

Testimonials

The biggest thing that I've learned through working with the students and going through the curriculum is building a team and working on communication skills. Those are skills that not only help them within the classroom but they can also take outside of school and into the real world.

Steven Van Smaalen

Esports Teacher | Santiago M.S.

We live in a digital world, our kids are fully engrained into it, why not make it available and why not grow with them?

Carmen Crosse

Asst. Superintendent | Soccoro ISD

It's not just kids playing video games. There's more to it. Don't be afraid to try something new. It can really give students who don't have a place to fit in an area where this is their forte. Something that will help them connect in the education process.

Jim D'Agostino

Principal | Orange USD

Points of Contact

Questions about the competition or BPA membership?

Contact Patrick to learn more about BPA.

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Patrick Schultz

Director of Membership & Technology

PSchultz@bpa.org

Questions about Academic Curriculum and the USAEL?

Contact Jill to bring the benefits of esports to your campus.

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Jill Ranucci Ph.D.

CTE Specialist

+1-520-982-6411

jillr@masterycoding.com

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