Have you heard of Esports? – Sentinel & Enterprise

LEOMINSTER — With the COVID-19 pandemic putting a halt to most organizational and recreational sports these days, Judith Sumner, director of the Recreation Department, felt it was perfect timing to introduce the world of Esports — a realm of competitive, organized video gaming.

Sumner learned about Esports at the National Parks and Recreation Conference a couple of years ago and through the Massachusetts Parks and Recreation Association.

“The recreation departments in Massachusetts and across the country have been offering Esports leagues as a form of sport competition using video games,” Sumner said. “I decided to partner with these other recreation departments in Central Massachusetts and teamed up with GGLeagues to offer our children several virtual sports leagues.”

Sumner stated this will provide Leominster residents the opportunity to compete with friends against the other regions of our state across multiple games and platforms.

“The community reached out to me regarding winter sports, which we were unable to offer due to COVID-19 precautions,” said Sumner. “I thought this was a great way to have the kids still compete, even though virtually, in either basketball, soccer or football.

All participants must own the game system and game, need an internet connection, have an online gaming account, and register with GGLeagues Gaming Systems for an online account.

According to the GGLeagues website, much like traditional sports, Esports can be very social. Competing together on a team requires strong communication, teamwork, and leadership skills. Esports teams work together to develop strategies and build bonds that you’d find on any other sports team.

Registration runs now through Wednesday, Jan. 13, with the league beginning the week of Monday, Jan. 18. Note it is the parent’s responsibility to decide if a game is appropriate for your child to participate. Sumner encourages parents or guardians to read all descriptions.

“This doesn’t replace going outdoors. There are still so many parks that kids can enjoy while practicing social distance activities,” she said. “But I am happy to be able to offer another form of recreation that is becoming popular across the country right now during COVID-19.”

This winter season will last five weeks of regular play with one week of playoffs. Regular season games will last up to an hour.

During the playoffs, the top four teams will play a single elimination playoff bracket. Playoffs typically run for three hours for the winning teams, so please plan accordingly.

Prizes will be given out for the top place team.

By participating in GGLeagues, you are agreeing to the terms of the Code of Conduct and the specific rules of the leagues you participate in. GGLeagues is committed to bringing the best experience possible to all our players and community members.

The cost per participant is $30 per player.

To register, go to http://www.ggleagues.com/organization/leominster. For information, description of games, contact GGLeagues at info@ggleagues.com or for assistance with registering, contact support@ggleagues.com

For additional information on the Leominster Recreation Department, call 978-534-7529.

Leagues

The following are all the different leagues and age groups  for the Winter Central MA League. The cost per player is $30 per game.

Game: Madden 21

  • A simulation of football that features all 32 NFL teams. It includes detailed playbooks and stats.
  • Rated E for Everyone.
  • System: PS4
  • Day of the Week/Start Date: Monday, Jan. 18;
  • Time and Age Division:
  • 7 to 8 p.m. (Elementary Division: Grades 3-5)
  • 8 to 9 p.m. (Middle School and HS Division: Grades 6-12)

Game: Fortnite

  • A battle Royale (BR) where 100 players land on a constantly shrinking map, where only one player survives. Rated T for Teens.
  • System: PlayStation, Xbox, PC, Nintendo Switch, Mobile, or Mac.
  • Day of the Week/Start Date: Tuesday, Jan. 19
  • Time and Age Division:
    7 to 8 p.m. (Elementary Division: Grades 3-5)
  • 8 to 9 p.m. (Middle School and HS Division: Grades 6-12)

Game: FIFA

  • A simulation of soccer, NBA 2k, that features professional tams as well as a career management mode. Rated E for Everyone.
  • System: PS4
  • Day of the Week/Start Date: Tuesday, Jan. 19
  • Time and Age Division:
    7 to 8 p.m. (Elementary Division: Grades 3-5)
  • 8 to 9 p.m. (Middle School and HS Division: Grades 6-12)

Game: NBA 2K21

  • This is a full-basketball team with on court action play.
  • System: PS4
  • Day of the Week/Start Date: Wednesday, Jan. 20
  • Time and Age Division:
    7 to 8 p.m. (Elementary Division: Grades 3-5)
  • 8 to 9 p.m. (Middle School and HS Division: Grades 6-12)

Game: Super Smash Bros

  • This is a fighting game developed by Nintendo. Rated T for Teens.
  • System: Nintendo Switch
  • Day of the Week/Start Date: Thursday, Jan. 21
  • Time and Age Division:
    7 to 8 p.m. (Elementary Division: Grades 3-5)
  • 8 to 9 p.m. (Middle School and HS Division: Grades 6-12)

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