Editor's note: The following newsletter, originally published on 9/18, has been updated on 9/25.
The Middle School Esports League Fall Major is open for competition! We encourage all schools to compete in at least one preseason match to ensure your students are familiar with the queue system and how to launch the games. The regular season begins October 2nd. If your school isn’t fully registered, it is not too late! There is no registration deadline.
Before your first match, we encourage you to view the following two videos with your students: Match Day Protocol and Understanding the Queue System. If you need help in real-time, the best place to start is the “Chat” bubble at the bottom right corner of every page. You will be provided with two options: we recommend using the live chat for questions that require an immediate response, or filing a ticket when asking questions that are not time-sensitive or disputing the outcome of a match.
Platform and Competition Updates
We have continued to make changes to our platform and league rules in pursuit of the best student experience possible. Here are some notable changes:
Mario Kart™ 8 Deluxe: In response to coach feedback, we have modified the rules to expand matches to be a best of 3 circuits and eliminate computer-controlled racers.
Minecraft Survival Games: We have released a number of updates- upgraded anti-cheat, improved moderation tools and player reporting (“/report”), and improved reconnecting.
Spectating: Many games have had their spectating rules updated. Please be sure to read the rules thoroughly before setting up a broadcast using a spectator.
Game connections: Increased leniency for students who change their in-game name but forget to update their competition Game Connection, especially in cases where the game account can be verified (e.g. Epic ID).
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All competitions in the MSEL Fall Major will be completely free-to-compete, thanks to Gaming Concepts, a series of courses designed to leverage gaming to engage students and teach life skills. Registration is open now!