Edison High School has entered the realm of esports with two teams battling schools in online games.
Advisor Derek Gulling said the team, which began this past fall, includes 14 students in grades 9-12 who play high schools from the central and southeast regions of Ohio including Athens, River Valley, Warren and Delaware Career Center.
“The team is split into an ‘Overwatch’ team and a ‘Fortnite’ team,” Gulling said. “The ‘Overwatch’ team has one win and a loss so far and the ‘Fortnite’ team is in a battle royale-style play, so our teams have placed as high as seventh out of 40 teams.”
He explained that the activity provides a multitude of opportunities for the students.
“We are always looking to expand what extracurriculars we offer to our students and we want to try and provide something for students who may not want to be involved in more traditional extracurricular activities.”
The group meets for practice and play on Mondays and Tuesdays, while Gulling was grateful to school and district leaders for the support.
“Our kids would like to thank the Edison administration and board of education for providing the opportunity to have an esports team. We’re off to a great start and look forward to the future as we continue to build the program.”