Historic High School Esports tournament hits New Zealand shores: NZESF High School League National Championship

The New Zealand Esports Federation (NZESF) are proud to announce the first NZESF High School League National Championship. Starting this year, the NZESF will hold an annual National Championship esports event to crown New Zealand’s national high school esports champs across a variety of game titles. This year’s inaugural event will play host to three games: Counter Strike: Global Offensive, Dota 2 and Rocket League. 


“As the first sanctioned National High School Esports League in New Zealand it’s fantastic to be able to offer three esports titles for the tournament,” says Ben Lenihan, President of the NZESF. “With more titles available to compete in we aim to reach a variety of high school students hoping to represent their school in a safe, fair and competitive environment.”


The NZESF have partnered with LetsPlay.Live who will facilitate the tournament and broadcast the Grand Final matches live from the LPL Studios in Auckland, New Zealand. Teachers, students and parents can tune in to watch their school team and support players in real time (dates listed below).


Erin Hughes, Head of Community and Leagues at LetsPlay.Live, adds: “We’re excited to be bringing this inaugural tournament to life across the November-December period, culminating in three days of live esports action in our Grand Finals.”


High school students will have from today until Friday 6 November 12:00pm to register their schools teams. Schools can have multiple teams for each game, but individual students must play on one team per title. Each team must have a member of faculty registered and confirmed as the team supervisor.


Dates for the event are: 


  • Open Qualifier Day 1 (Dota 2, RL and CSGO)
    • Saturday November 7
    • 1pm – 7pm
  • Open Qualifier Day 2 (Dota 2, RL and CSGO)
    • Sunday 8 November
    • 1PM – 7PM
  • Semi Finals #1 (Dota 2 and CSGO)
    • Saturday 14 November
    • 1PM until finish
  • Semi Finals #2 (Dota 2 and CSGO)
    • Sunday 15 November
    • 1PM until finish


Rocket League Semi Finals #1 and #2 + Grand Finals

    • Friday 11 December (Broadcasted on twitch.tv/highschoolleague)
    • 5PM – 8PM

Dota 2 Grand Finals

    • Saturday 12 December (Broadcasted on twitch.tv/highschoolleague)
    • 5PM – 8PM

CS:GO Grand Finals

    • Sunday 13 December (Broadcasted on twitch.tv/highschoolleague)
    • 5PM – 8PM


For more information and to register head to https://letsplay.live/nzesfhsl/ 


About High School League:

The High School League (HSL) is an inter-school esports tournament that provides New Zealand high school students with a fun, competitive, and rewarding esports experience. It operates extremely similarly to traditional high school sports. We promote esports as a positive activity that opens up team building, leadership and self-improvement opportunities to a wider range of students outside the traditional field and court sports.


About the New Zealand Esports Federation:

The New Zealand Esports Federation (NZESF) is the official national sporting body for esports in New Zealand. Officially recognised by the International Esports Federation in 2018 and by Sport New Zealand in March 2020, the NZESF oversee and champion safe, fair and diverse competitive video game tournaments throughout the country.


For more information on HSL and the NZESF, email info@esf.nz.

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