It’s Time To Tell The World

Why We Play Esports

Is It For The Challenge? Is It For Community? Is It For What's Next?

Submit your WWP Esports content by November 1, 2022 for a chance at program grants and a screening at Esports Summit 2022 in Atlanta, GA!

Fall 2022 Recap

What Can We Submit?

Inspirations

Our Partners

Join scholastic and community esports organizations and share your story.

Let’s Spread The Word!

All programs are invited to create and/or share videos, podcasts, and/or news stories that help tell the world, Why We Play.

We will be sharing entries throughout the campaign on our social channels. Programs will be encouraged to share their submissions on November 1 with the hashtag #whyweplayesports

An Opportunity for Program Grants!

Eligible submissions will be automatically entered for a chance to receive a select number of $500 Phoenix Foundational Grants that can be used to support your esports program! 

Be sure to follow us on socials to learn about any new awards!

A Chance to be shown at Esports Summit ’22!

Skillshot Media’s Esports Summit is taking place in Atlanta, GA Nov. 17-18. Select entries could be shown during the conference! 

Esports Summit is THE conference to attend this fall. Covering all aspects of the industry especially scholastics – from K-12 to Collegiate.

How it started

In 2021, PHNXGaming created its first round of grants. One of the schools that received funding was Canyon Ridge High School in California. A few months went by and their coach sent an email, “Thank you for the grant, it went to purchase some equipment to help create this documentary.”

From this point, we knew we needed to find more stories like Canyon Ridge’s – and we knew we wanted to share them.

What Can We Submit?

For our first WWP Campaign, we are accepting submissions that are both brand new or have already been made! This means if your program created a hype video last year, that works! Were you on a local news broadcast? That works! Or, you can use this as a chance to make something entirely new!

Documentary Films

Create or submit a documentary style film about your program. There is wide creative license here – so feel free to include: face-to-face “host/guest” interviews, direct-to-camera interviews, game footage with voice-over, B-roll, slow-mo, etc. 

The most important thing is to tell the story of Why We Play.

Podcasts

Create or submit a podcast or radio cast that features your program and tells the story of Why We Play

This could be a school podcast or an episode of someone else’s podcast where players, coaches, etc are guests. Could be a series, or a one-off. 

News/Blogs/etc.

Was your program or player or coach featured in the local news? Written about for a blog? Shared in other ways? That’s awesome! We want to see it and share it, too!

If you have an ideas not listed that tells the story of Why We Play? Send it on in!

Inspirations To Get You Started!

Need some inspiration? No problem! Here are a few prompts to get you started and some entries to get you thinking. Obviously you can start with Why We Play. But what might that really mean…

 

Prompts

Ask yourself why you want to make a documentary for your program.

Is it to become more visible?
Maybe you want to highlight your team’s success?
Explain esports to your school community, parents, admin?
Or is your program unique and you want to share that special “something” that sets you apart!

Think about categories

Why We Play: The Challenge

Why We Play: The Community

Why We Play: For What’s Next

Is there a mission or team statement that glues your club together? Tell us about it!

Plan Ahead!

While you don’t need the fanciest equipment to make this film, you should have a plan. Start early, use storyboards, and plan you shots and interviews in advance. Start taking “B-Roll” of your practices and games (you can never have too much!) and start testing equipment and recordings to make sure you know the best places to record so you aren’t capturing background noise.

 

Our Partners

North America Scholastic Esports Federation

Their mission is “to provide opportunities for all students to use esports as a platform to develop STEAM-based skills and social emotional attributes such as communication, collaboration, and problem-solving abilities needed to thrive in work and in life.”

Their Fellows and Mentors provide outstanding curriculum for educators, and they themselves provide incredibly accessible, national competition options.

Start Your Club or Join an Affiliate!

NASEF Clubs and Affiliates are all over the country! Join up with local, like-minded scholastic organizations for support, networking, and resources! And… it is FREE!

Ghost Gaming

Yes – as in THAT Ghost! We’re so excited to partner with Ghost Gaming on WWP!

A randomly selected school program will receive a Ghost Goods Box to deck out your team’s space including

Ghost Rocket League Jerseys (3)

Signed Ghost Gaming Banner

Ghost Lanyards (5)

Skillshot Media, based in Atlanta, GA, is a community-first esports production and event company capable of creating incredible experiences from grassroots events to live-arenas.

Esports Summit is where #esports meets #esportsedu. A 2-day conference in the heart of Atlanta, Esports Summit provides business leaders and educators a comprehensive view of the entire esports ecosystem.  Panels and presentations from industry leaders, networking opportunities, and workshops with the largest names in the esports and scholastic esports industry.

Tickets to Esports Summit Live 2022 are $199 and include THREE passes to Dreamhack Atlanta!

Skillshot Media

Skillshot Media

Skillshot Media, based in Atlanta, GA, is a community-first esports production and event company capable of creating incredible experiences from grassroots events to live-arenas.

Esports Summit is where #esports meets #esportsedu. A 2-day conference in the heart of Atlanta, Esports Summit provides business leaders and educators a comprehensive view of the entire esports ecosystem.  Panels and presentations from industry leaders, networking opportunities, and workshops with the largest names in the esports and scholastic esports industry.

AND – a discount for any scholastic coaches and program directors.

PC Crate

5x “Explode” XL Mousepads

One lucky program will receive 5 “Explode” XL Mousepads from PC Crate! PC Crate makes custom builds super easy. If you’ve ever wanted to build your own PC and make sure you build it right, PC Crate is the place to start.

Their ordering process ensures your parts fit from case to power supply. Choose to have it pre-assembled or shipped with instructions. Also – #madeinga, but available nationally!

 

Coach Rivals

The PHNXGaming Foundation is the passion project of several Coach Rivals coaches.

Coach Rivals is a tournament league for middle school, high school, and college esports coaches (boasting 375+ members and growing every day!). In addition to periodic “friendlies” across multiple titles, the main event of CR is the League of Legends Summer Season: 6 weeks of matches with a 3 week pre-season culminating in a multi-week playoff.

All skill levels are welcome as Coach Rivals is about learning, teaching, and growing as coaches!