Tommy Khou, Hi-Gusher

Esports is a new video-game competitive environment where teams compete with each other. Esports are similar to traditional sports, but the competitions take the form of video games, like League of Legends or Rocket League. 


Mason Guthrie, a history teacher here at EHS, sponsors the esports team and coaches the football team.


Guthrie said, “Our club will compete against other schools for a state championship. In addition, our club will be hosting local tournaments for people in the school… There are no requirements other than to try out and be one of the best.” He says there will be an interest meeting soon. “I have sent out multiple google forms, and at some point in flex time, there will be a sign-up sheet.”  He continued, “Due to COVID concerns, meetings will be held online through a discord (google meet) server until further notice.”


“We are just getting started so in terms of a roster nothing is solidified. The club itself, however, is here to stay and to compete,” Guthrie said, “I have already got EHS signed up for the spring and summer season so we will be competing. Ideally, we would take the club as seriously as any other sport, but some of that depends on how competitive the members are.”


The esports team will meet sometime after school and the times and frequency of those meetings will depend on the student’s interest, Guthrie says. “For now, I am thinking two hours a day, 2-3 days a week.” The games that the team will participate in are state-sanctioned, including Rocket League, League of Legends, and Smite. “However, we already have plans to include school-wide tournaments of NBA 2K, Madden 21, and potentially Call of Duty and Fortnite. You would not have to be a member of the club to join the tournament.”


Guthrie continues, “You get to play video games at school! How cool is that? There are also the benefits of being part of an organization and a team. In addition, there’s a possibility of college scholarships available to those who compete.” 


“If you want to join please join! I am so excited to get this thing going but it is up to you to join and start something special here at EHS. Make friends, practice, compete, and play video games for your school. It is going to be a blast. If you enjoy playing video games in a competitive setting then this club is for you!”  Guthrie continues, “Listen to the announcements for news, at some point in the next week or two you will get the google form to sign up. If you know virtual students who are interested let them and me know so we can sign them up! Sometime between Thanksgiving and Christmas break we will formalize the roster and start practicing.


He continues, “If you take video games seriously and really love to compete then you have to join this club because it is made for you.  If you enjoy playing video games and want to hang out with friends, meet new people, or get a buddy to go into Warzone with you, then join the club and do that.  If you just want to be a part of something new and exciting then join the club.  Without student interest and involvement, the club will not be as good as it could be so come and join and tell your friends!”  

The esports team, like any other team, will depend on its members and their passion and competitiveness to get going and become bigger.  Contact Mason Guthrie through his email, [email protected], or go to his classroom, room 2608.