High School Esports League Announces Fall Playoff Schedule and Winter Open Registration

by in General | Dec, 10th 2019

Are you or someone you know in high school and love esports? Want to test your mettle against the best of North America? Are you also looking for some money for college? The High School Esports League may have exactly what you’re after with the HSEL Fall Majors.

The longest-running and largest competitive gaming organization for high school students and teachers announced the HSEL Fall Majors. There’s $30,000 on the line for college scholarship funds as well.

HSEL Fall Majors Semi-Finals Coming Soon

On December 14, the HSEL Fall Majors begin. High school students across North America will do battle in 11 games and 30 champions across all these titles will be crowned. That means 30 $1,000 scholarship prizes are coming ahead of the holidays.

In addition, the top players will receive a free three-month Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Subscription. That will be a worthwhile prize, so those students will have plenty of stuff to play over the holidays when they aren’t practicing for the next season.

There are plenty of games to check out on their Twitch channel when the matches begin. Starting on Monday, December 16, at 6 pm CST, you should definitely head to their Twitch.

This event will be hosted by several esports talents, like FBI_Tugboat, Irelique, topical_tv and Zark.

What will be played? Tons of games! CS:GO, Fortnite, Hearthstone, Overwatch, Rainbow Six: Siege, Rocket League, Smite, Super Smash Bros Ultimate, Madden 20 and NBA 2K20! No matter what kind of esports you enjoy watching, they have you covered.

HSEL Fall Majors Semi-Finals/Grand Finals Schedule

Want the full list of what will be airing and when? We’ve got you!


  • Saturday, December 14, 2019 – 2:00 pm CST: Overwatch*
  • Saturday, December 14, 2019 – 2:00 pm CST: NBA 2K20
  • Saturday, December 14, 2019 – 4:00 pm CST: Rainbow Six: Siege*
  • Saturday, December 14, 2019 – 6:00pm CST: Minecraft
  • Saturday, December 14, 2019 – 8:00 pm CST: Fortnite
  • Saturday, December 14, 2019 – 8:00 pm CST: Madden 20
  • Sunday, December 15, 2019 – 12:00 pm CST: Smite
  • Sunday, December 15, 2019 – 2:00 pm CST: Rocket League*
  • Sunday, December 15, 2019 – 2:00 pm CST: Super Smash Bros: Ultimate
  • Sunday, December 15, 2019 – 4:00 pm CST: Counter-Strike: Global Offensive*
  • Sunday, December 15, 2019 – 7:00 pm CST: Hearthstone

Grand Finals

  • Monday, December 16, 2019 – 6:00 pm CST: Overwatch* & NBA 2K20
  • Tuesday, December 17, 2019 – 6:00 pm CST: Rainbow Six: Siege* & Minecraft
  • Wednesday, December 18, 2019- 6:00 pm CST: Rocket League* & Super Smash Bros: Ultimate
  • Thursday, December 19, 2019- 6:00 pm CST: Counter-Strike: Global Offensive* & Hearthstone
  • Friday, December 20, 2019- 6:00 pm CST: Smite, Fortnite, & Madden 20

*Watch these matches live here.

HSEL Winter Open Tournament Details

A six-week gaming tournament is coming for the HSEL fans, too: The HSEL Winter Open. All North American high school students (from an HSEL-partnered high school or otherwise) can participate. Free-agent teams can join, letting participants from different schools join forces and compete for the HSEL scholarship prize.

Now that’s cool! I had a lot of friends at different schools growing up, so I would have loved to team up with them to battle other people online in esports. Champions across all games will win 500 USD in scholarship funds. An additional free Xbox Game Pass Ultimate is available for all those who play in 4/6 of their matches.

Competitors can take part in the Winter Open from HSEL-Approved GameWorks locations, their schools, or even from home! The $30 per student registration fee closes on January 17, 2020. If you want to register, you can do so at this link.

Honestly, I’m so happy to see this going down. It’s not just about big money prizes. This tournament’s all about helping students come together and do their best in esports to earn money for their college education.

HSEL works towards improving student engagement, higher GPAs and greater career prospects. It’s a positive force in esports at the high school level, and that’s what we need right now. Kudos to the HSEL for helping students get into esports while also bettering themselves and preparing for the future.


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