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ESPORTS opportunity

Esports is growing exponentially with over 400 million fans worldwide and regularly selling out arenas around the world. Currently, there are more than 200 colleges and universities offering nearly 15 million dollars in scholarships to high school students.

As Esports continues its meteoric rise in popularity around the world, new data has found that over 70 percent of schools are now considering introducing competitive gaming to its curriculum in some shape or form.
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YOUR OPPORTUNITY WITH ESPORTS

Contrary to common perception, esports or "electronic sports" is not simply a phenomenon occurring in the basements of unemployed twenty-somethings, it's a complete transformation of online gaming. With millions of fans all over the world watching virtually or attending live, esports is a spectator sport with skilled gamers playing in an event similar to that of traditional sports (i.e. baseball, basketball, and football) but competing in a virtual environment.

As more and more schools start to produce genuine results from implementing competitive gaming in some way, it's only a matter of time before it becomes standard practice. This opportunity is gaining speed, don't miss out on one of the fastest growing segments at D&H!


Benefits of Esports in Education

Education Institutions are starting to see the potential of adding esports to the curriculum as an important aspect of supporting student recruitment and preparing kids for life beyond education.

Participation

More than 80% of esports teams are made up of students who had never participated in extra-curricular activities prior to esports.*

Academic Performance

Esports participants see an average GPA raise of +1.7 when joining. Giving students the capability to change their entire academic trajectory.*

Attendance

Upon joining esports, student attendance significantly improves as much as 10% as they feel more connected and look forward to going to school.*
*https://www.highschoolesportsleague.com/, 2019

With thousands of school districts across the nation seeking to be educated on how to embrace the esports opportunity, D&H has partnered with the High School Esports League (HSEL) to assist VARS in helping K12 schools get started.

HSEL is the largest and longest-operating competitive gaming organization in North America serving 2,000+ partnered schools and over 50,000 students across the US & Canada. HSEL fulfills a very important role in bringing order to the rapidly increasing esports academic landscape across the nation.

  • Provides the necessary content, education, programming, and gaming platform
  • Makes it easier for schools to offer esports as a legitimate varsity level sport
  • Gives educators access to a Gaming Concepts curriculum and STEM.org accredited programs
  • Helps schools gain access to grant and funding opportunities to cover the cost of getting started
  • Offers a fertile recruiting ground for esports scholarship opportunities in higher education

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As the benefits of an effective esports program continue to prove valuable, more and more schools are looking for help with developing a strategy for implementation.


D&H is here to support you as you work with schools to help build custom designed solutions that suit their needs!

Esports is not a one-size-fits-all program. Offer schools your expertise to ensure their investments in technology and design support both their immediate needs and long-term goals.

Esports Introduction

70% of schools looking to introduce in 2020

Esports Schools

Schools more reliant on tech partners for help with this new concept

Esports Margin

Windows-based non-Chrome opportunity

Esports Refresh

System refresh rate 18-24 months

Esports Opportunity

Opportunity beyond the gaming system


Planning for Success

The planning phase is a crucial part of the process to successfully implement an effective esports solution.

BECOMING AN ESPORTS EXPERT

Becoming an esports expert is essential to strengthening partnerships and trust with K12 schools and additonal customers. Knowing where to go for industry trends, certifications, and information will make you the game-changer for enriching partnerships and opening new doors.

EEN Esports Certification

Watch this trailer to better understand what you will be trained on within the certification

Partner with D&H and Esport Education Network (EEN) to become a Certified High School Esports Provider.

Your customers can trust that as a Certified Esports Provider, you know the industry and is best prepared to help them every step of the way. Earn a digital certificate and a badge you can use on websites, Linked In profiles, and more to help you stand apart from the competition in the growing esports space.

New Exclusive Offer: D&H partners receive 50% off the certification program!

Email your sales rep or esports@dandh.com for your coupon code today.

Check out these esports news sources for ways to build your esports business.

Blogs to follow:

Esports Source
  • For well-rounded coverage of all major esports news and events.

Esports Heaven
  • For consistent daily updates, interviews with pro esports players and coaches.

Esports Marketing
  • Focused on the business and marketing side of esports, a more ‘behind-the-scenes’ peak at esports.

Ginx EsportsTV
  • This TV network is streaming online 24 hours a day, use this to see some of the best esports TV programming available.

Esports Charts
  • For an examination of statistics and trends in the esports market such as viewership, tournament stats, and other factors.

DBLTAP
  • A combination of professional writers and every day gamers providing a unique perspective into the world of esports.

Keep an eye out for Middle School Esports League (MSEL)

EVENTS & ON-DEMAND TRAININGS

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On-Demand End-User Webinar: What You Need to Know About Esports in K12

With 75% of today's youth engaging with video games, it make sense to learn how to harness that engagement in the classroom. Esports programs are growing rapidly in K12 across North America, but a lot of educators are hesitant or have loads of questions. Well, come join us to learn everything you need to know about getting an esports program started and get your questions answered by Jason Kirby, the President of High School Esports League.
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D&H TV Live: The 2020 K-12 Opportunity

Join our D&H K12 experts as they discuss your K12 opportunity in 2020, why D&H is your go-to distributor for K12 bids, and K12 technology solutions including STEM & STEAM, Augmented & Virtual Reality, ProAV in the classroom, Security & Infrastructure, and Esports!
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D&H TV Live: Building Tech Solutions for Esports and K12

Join D&H SMEs Chris Phillips, Technical Enablement Supervisor, and Rhonda Hebbard, Channel Program Manager, as they explore the specification variations between Esports and K12 hardware, with demonstrations of some of the industry's leading brands.
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OUR ESPORTS PARTNER PORTFOLIO

Monitors/Displays

ROG by ASUS
DA-LITE
Elite Screens
MSI
Samsung
Viewsonic
Manufacturer Resources
NEC
LG
PLANAR
HP
AOC
Philips
PREDATOR by Acer

ProAV

CHIEF
CRIMSON AV
TRIPP LITE
LG
NETGEAR
Manufacturer Resources
PLANAR

Power & Networking

ARUBA
IOGear
Ubiquiti
APC
C2G
CyberPower
NETGEAR
HP
Corsair

SUCCESS STORIES

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