Esports Begins with League of Legends in October

As you may know, earlier this year the NFHS sanctioned esports in partnership with PlayVS. We are excited to share that GHSA will be one of the first states to offer Esports this October as part of PlayVS’ Season Zero featuring League of Legends — the most played PC game in the world and a key driver behind the explosive growth of esports. Additional game titles will be added in the Inaugural Season this coming February.  

League of Legends is a fast-paced, competitive multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game with the world’s largest gaming community. The game requires critical thinking and teamwork, where each player on a team of five must support one another to succeed.


  • The regular season runs from October 30th - December 11th. Matches will be played weekly on Tuesdays at 4pm and 6pm, for a total of 12 matches throughout the regular season.

  • Playoffs will take place from January 8th - January 29th. Each state will be divided into four regional conferences and compete in a single elimination bracket. The conference champions will then advance to the semi-finals, with the top two teams competing for the state title, all at a live State Championship event — exact date and location TBA.

  • No more than 128 teams will make the playoffs.

  • Competition schedules will be released in October.



  • Each school is required to have an esports coach who is onsite for all practices and matches.

  • Each League of Legends team consists of five students. Each school is able to build as many teams of five as they’d like.

  • Each student needs the following: one computer/laptop and one set of peripherals (mouse, keyboard, headset). Students can use their own, or schools could provide these. Jerseys are optional.

  • The participation fee for each student is $64/season.

  • Official competition rules and gameplay settings will be sent at a later date.

With the PlayVS online portal, getting your school started takes less than 20 minutes. You’ll be able to invite an esports coach and students to join. Once the season begins, students just login to PlayVS on campus to play.

Get your school signed up and invite players to start building your League of Legends team today!


The last day for schools and students to register for Season Zero is October 29th.

If you have any questions about the platform, the onboarding process, the league, etc., please contact or visit the PlayVS Help Center, here. Download PlayVS flyer.

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