The ‘Iolani esports program was launched in 2019 with an initial team of 12 students. Since then, it has grown exponentially, now housing more than 240 boys and girls as of last season, and another 125 signups to try out this Club Day.
Teams are student-led and faculty-supported. To manage a program of this size, students take up roles ranging from team captains, lab managers, social media managers, IT support specialists, Twitch broadcasters, server moderators and tournament organizers. Additionally, students receive career and technical training for broadcasting, computer maintenance, social media management, tournament organization and other career-focused skills, taught by guest lecturers from the video game and esports industries.
The ‘Iolani esports arena is a state-of-the-art facility that houses 36-plus high-end gaming computers, consoles, and recording, broadcasting and announcer facilities. The newer systems feature GTX 3090 graphics cards and a dedicated internet connection. This year, the ‘Iolani high school program is expanding with multiple teams enrolled in the HHSAA PlayVS Hawai‘i State tournament, as well as the HSEL Adopting Excellence Program and national tournaments. Titles include League of Legends, Super Smash Bros, Rocket League, Valorant, Madden, FIFA 21 and more.
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