High School Esports League Announces Spring Majors Start Date and Winter Playoff Schedule

High School Esports League (HSEL), the largest and longest-running competitive gaming organization serving high school students and teachers, today announced key dates for their upcoming and active nationwide seasonal gaming tournaments — the HSEL Spring Major and the Winter Open Playoffs — where high school esports clubs will compete for a combined prize pool of $65,000 USD in college scholarship funds.

The HSEL Spring Major is an eight-week gaming tournament for North American high school esports clubs that are partnered with HSEL. Set to begin on March 23, 2020, this varsity-level esports competition pits students against their peers in twelve popular multiplayer online video games, with champions across all titles winning up to a $1,000 USD scholarship prize. Top participants will also receive a three-month XBOX Game Pass Ultimate subscription valued at $44.99 USD; every week, a winning team will also win a $250 USD gift certificate from a sponsoring restaurant. The playoffs for the HSEL Spring Major take place in May.


The list of HSEL Spring Major esports titles includes Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, FIFA 20, Fortnite, Hearthstone, Minecraft, Overwatch, Rainbow Six: Siege, Rocket League, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Super Smash Bros: Ultimate, Madden 20, and NBA 2K20.

Registration to the HSEL Spring Major is just $37 USD per student and closes on March 13, 2020. Students, teachers/advisors, and existing esports clubs can register their teams at https://www.highschoolesportsleague.com/spring-major-2020.

The HSEL Winter Open, which began on January 20, 2020, and was open to all North American high school students and free-agent teams (from an HSEL-partnered high school or otherwise), enters into its Semi-Finals and Grand Finals starting March 14, 2020. A $500 USD scholarship prize and a three-month XBOX Game Pass Ultimate subscription await finalists and top competitors of the Winter Open.

Premier esports talent will host the HSEL Winter Open Playoffs live on twitch.tv/VarsityNetwork starting Tuesday, March 17, 2020, at 6:00 pm CST.

The full HSEL Winter Open schedule is as follows:


Saturday, March 14, 2020 – 2:00 pm CST: Overwatch NBA 2K20
Saturday, March 14, 2020 – 4:00 pm CST: Rainbow Six Siege
Saturday, March 14, 2020 – 6:00 pm CST: Minecraft: Survival Games
Saturday, March 14, 2020 – 8:00 pm CST: Fortnite Madden 20

Sunday, March 15, 2019 – 12:00 pm CST: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare: Gunfight | FIFA 20
Sunday, March 15, 2019 – 2:00 pm CST: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Rocket League
Sunday, March 15, 2019 – 4:00 pm CST: Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Sunday, March 15, 2019 – 7:00 pm CST: Hearthstone

Grand Finals

Monday, March 16, 2020 – 6:00 pm CST: NBA 2K20 Madden 20
Tuesday, March 17, 2020 – 6:00 pm CST: Rainbow Six Siege* | Minecraft: Survival Games
Wednesday, March 18, 2020 – 6:00 pm CST: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate | Rocket League*
Thursday, March 19, 2020 – 6:00 pm CST: Counter-Strike: Global Offensive* | Hearthstone
Friday, March 20, 2020 – 6:00 pm CST: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare: Gunfight | Fortnite FIFA 20 | Overwatch*

*Watch these matches live here https://www.twitch.tv/VarsityNetwork.

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