NASEF model adopted in Japan as esports is recognized as meaningful method of connecting learning and play

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#GameToGrow–The North America Scholastic Esports Federation (NASEF) and the Japan High School Esports Federation (JHSEF) are announcing an exciting agreement of cooperation in international activities and information exchange through esports for youth.

NASEF develops and provides educational opportunities through esports, competitive team-based video gaming. Student opportunities extend beyond gameplay to learning and challenges in the business, artistic, and entrepreneurial aspects of the esports ecosystem.

NASEF will now collaborate with JHSEF to expand the international environment for high school students through esports and to engage in activities that foster the internationality of the next generation.

“We’re honored for JHSEF to partner with NASEF. It’s thrilling to see forward-thinking educators around the world recognize the potential of our learning framework that combines esports and education. It’s clear that our program works for all youth; there are no boundaries – ethnic, geographic, gender – to limit kids’ opportunities to learn and grow through play,” said Gerald Solomon, executive director of the Samueli Foundation and founder of NASEF.

Through this agreement, the organizations will work together to promote esports as an educational platform for high school students in the U.S. and Japan, including:

  • Education programs such as exchange study and overseas training
  • Esports seminars and symposiums to be held in the U.S. and Japan
  • Educators travel overseas for learning and joint research

“The Japan High School Esports Federation was established on November 1, 2019, to foster and further develop esports as a new culture that symbolizes a new generation centered on high school students, and to provide opportunities and environments in which students can learn not only local but also global communication through esports and gain related knowledge and experience. We are pleased to announce an agreement to work together with the North America Scholastic Esports Federation, which has pioneered similar initiatives in North America. We hope that this partnership will provide opportunities for international communication and exchange of academic research through Esports and expand the possibilities of Esports in Japanese school education,” said Kimito Kubo, Representative Director, JHSEF.

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Claire LaBeaux, 925-337-0244