KHSD to host over 20 schools in esports tournament

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — Over 200 esports players from the Kern High School District will compete Saturday for an “Overwatch” crown.

The tournament takes place Saturday, March 16 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Career Technical Education Center at 7301 Old River Road. The competition is open to the public and free to attend.

Players will be competing in the Overwatch 2 Final Tournament. The district said the pinnacle of the event is the varsity showdown which begins at 3 p.m. The showdown will be set in an “arena” in a stadium-style setting with an LED wall backdrop.

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Justin Smith, esports coach at North High School, said esports has been a good way to get more students to participate in school activities. “By running the KHSD Esports League, we were able to bring out these students’ competitive nature and make part of a team that played for their school against other KHSD schools,” Smith said in a statement.

Officials said the Kern High School District is one of the country’s largest high school district-run esports leagues.

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