LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL - MAY 12: Guests arrive at the Invictus Games Orlando 2016 Closing Ceremony at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex on May 12, 2016 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images for Invictus Games)

The Electronic Gaming Federation is teaming up with ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex to launch the National High School Esports Championship. The event will run June 12th through the 14th in 2020. On hand to compete will be the best high school esports teams from around the country. Teams will earn their slot in the national championship by winning regional qualifiers. Qualifiers will be held throughout the fall 2019 and spring 2020 season.

Faron Kelley, the Vice President of ESPN Wide World of Sports, was quoted as saying “We are proud to be working with The Electronic Gaming Federation on what we think will be an exciting venture into the esports business. This project represents a new opportunity for us here at the sports complex and we look forward to hosting the high school esports national championship next year. “

The move represents a major step forward for high school esports, which still lags behind its collegiate and professional equivalent. A younger demographic than ever before should have the opportunity to begin learning the skills necessary to compete. Furthermore, this will create a means of scouting talent to compete at the next level.

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