Produce Results Beyond the Game

Academic Esports

When adopted properly, esports programs in middle schools and high schools can be so much more than a fun activity.  An effective program can heighten enrollment in Career and Technical Education (CTE) areas of study, break gender gaps for STEM instruction, reinforce character development, help young people explore a wealth of new emerging careers across the esports industry and give young people an advantage when applying to colleges. As highlighted by the High School Esports League, the organization has reported the following academic benefits among member schools:

What Are The Benefits?

80% of participants have never been in an extracurricular program

Participants see an average GPA raise of +1.7 when joining esports


Participants see a 10% attendance improvement

As institutions look to adopt esports, there are many things to consider. 

How do you livestream your tournament on Twitch?

What CTE career paths are open to students interested in esports, beyond the players?

Issuing a purchase order for some gaming PCs is the easy part. Failure to proactively address all the necessary facets to make academic esports deliver meaningful outcomes is mission critical, including:

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Phoenix Computers

Affordable Refurbished Gaming PCs

Educators may see the benefits of academic esports, but their budgets may pose a challenge. Buying devices to launch or expand a program can be cost prohibitive, but that doesn’t mean students must go without, or sacrifice performance to meet budgetary constraints. 

Phoenix ComputersTM, an exclusive brand from STS Education, provides refurbished desktops optimized for gaming experiences and includes the STS Lifetime Parts Warranty.

Our entry-level gaming platform is configured with the following standard specifications that meets or exceeds requirements among today’s top academic esports games. We pair your gaming CPU with new, affordable and esports-optimized components (144 Hz monitor, mechanical keyboard, gaming mouse, headset, 1080p webcam) to deliver a complete gaming experience that typically saves 40-60% over typical gaming bundles. 

*With the exception of the graphics card which includes a one-year warranty.


STS Education is the exclusive provider of refurbished gaming PCs for the North America Scholastic Esports Federation (NASEF). The following is the NASEF-approved configuration for refurbished PCs, meeting or exceeding system requirements for the major esports titles. 

Phoenix ComputersTM – Entry-level Gaming Machine

Processor: Intel i5, 2.90 Ghz 4th Gen

Hard Drive: 256 GB SSD


Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB

OS: Windows 10 Pro

Phoenix Computers™ Meets or Exceeds Recommended Publisher System Requirements


League of Legends

Exceeds recommended specs
Overwatch Exceeds recommended specs
Fortnite Exceeds recommended specs
NBA 2KMeets recommended specs
Madden 20 Exceeds recommended specs
Minecraft Exceeds recommended specs
Rainbow 6 Exceeds recommended specs
Hearthstone Exceeds recommended specs
Modern Warfare Exceeds recommended specs
Rocket LeagueMeets recommended specs
DOTA2 Exceeds recommended specs
Free Fire Exceeds recommended specs
CS:GO Exceeds recommended specs

Resources to Help Plan and Launch Your Academic Esports Program

*Resources provided by NASEF


NASEF - How to activate your esports club




NASEF - curriculum framework


NASEF - Bringing together esports and education (videos)
STS Esports - Game On

Gaming PCs

Computer Accessories

Broadcast Hardware

Furniture & Lighting

Professional Development

Livestreaming Support

Tournament Support

Efficacy Studies

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